Sarah Orne Jewett

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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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Nichols, Kathleen L.. "Sarah Orne Jewett". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2008
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

Articles on Jewett's works

  1. A White Heron