Constance Fenimore Woolson: Anne

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By the time her first novel, Anne, appeared in the pages of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (December 1880-May 1881), Constance Fenimore Woolson had established a considerable reputation as a writer of short stories with a strong sense of locale, as is clear from her two collections Castle Nowhere: Lake Country Sketches (1875) and Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches (1880). However, Anne (published in book-form in 1882) did not match the quality of her short narratives, revealing a lack of control over the novel form which, more or less conspicuously, was to dog her every subsequent effort in that field.

At the outset of the novel the heroine of the title, Anne Douglas, i…

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Buonomo, Leonardo. "Anne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2005
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