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.
More about Sarah Orne Jewett on this site
- Obituary (1909): Sarah Orne Jewett Succumbs to Long Illness
- Dear Literary Ladies: How can a writer balance solitude and camaraderie?
- 6 Homes of Classic Women Authors to Visit in New England
- The Country of the Pointed Firs
- The Queen’s Twin and Other Tales
- A White Heron and Other Stories
- A Country Doctor
- The Life of Nancy
- Strangers and Wayfarers
Biographies about Sarah Orne Jewett
- Sarah Orne Jewett on Wikipedia
- Works by Sarah Orne Jewett
- The Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project
- Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett
Articles, News, Etc.
- LGBT History: Famous Women Who Loved Women
- Discover the Friendship of Sarah Orne Jewett and Celia Thaxter
Visit Sarah Orne Jewett’s Home
- Sarah Orne Jewett House – South Berwick, Maine
- Sarah Orne Jewett Walking Tour – South Berwick, Maine
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