Sarah Orne Jewett is known primarily for The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896), her masterpiece about coastal and rural Maine, and for a number of well-crafted short stories exploring similar regional settings, characters, and customs. Because she focuses on details about ordinary people living in a specific locale, she is sometimes classified as a literary realist, a label disputed by others who note, for instance, her frequent use of personal viewpoints as opposed to the slice-of-life objectivity practiced by the major literary realists. Realist or not, Jewett is the greatest of the women regionalists who were forming a literary tradition of their own in nineteenth-century America, and she is generally recognized today, …
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