Constance Fenimore Woolson: Jupiter Lights

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Constance Fenimore Woolson’s penultimate novel, Jupiter Lights, ran serially in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine between January and September 1889, and was published in book form in New York and London in the same year. The critics were not kind in their assessment of Woolson’s latest effort. Though some acknowledged, albeit reluctantly, that here and there the novel confirmed Woolson’s gifts as a literary landscapist, the majority chastised it for the improbability of the plot and the loose narrative structure. The reviewer of the authoritative Atlantic Monthly went so far as to declare that “many passages in the book… read as if they were random notes jotted down by the novelist”. Never entirely s…

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Buonomo, Leonardo. "Jupiter Lights". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 April 2008
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