Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909), as a child, would take walks with her father, a physician, around the Maine countryside, as he went to see his patients. This led to her love of the nature and atmosphere of her native South Berwick, Maine, often the setting for her novels and short stories. She was first published at the age of 19 in The Atlantic Monthly and instantly gained a following. Her stories are as much character studies as they are plot-driven, if not more so.

Jewett’s writing is highly descriptive and focuses on life in the country. She is praised for her vivid narratives of women and their inner lives and passions. She was a great influence to female writers during and after her time, most notably, Willa Cather, who considered her a mentor. Her writing career ended after she was in an unfortunate carriage accident.

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