Author: Sarah Orne Jewett
Profile: Theodora Sarah Orne Jewett was an American short story writer, poet and novelist. She was born in South Berwick, Maine, US and died in South Berwick, Maine. For many generations, her family had been residents of New England.
She has been part of and a significant practitioner of the American literary regionalism, literary movement. The country of the Pointed Firs is her most notable works. She is well known for her local color works set near or alongside Maine’s southern seacoast.
Sarah Orne Jewett often accompanied her doctor father on his rounds and became acquainted with sounds and sights of her native people and land. She accompanied her mother who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis on walks and began developing a love for nature. Later in life Jewett visited Boston and got acquainted with prominent literary figures. She finished her schooling at Miss Olive Rayne’s school and later graduated from Berwick Academy in 1866. Reading books from the family library helped in supplementation her education. Gradually she started exploring less conventional religious ideas after joining the Episcopal Church in 1871.
She published her debut important story in the Atlantic Monthly at the age of 19 after which her reputation and literary importance began growing. Though she never married she established a close relationship with writer Annie Adams Fields and her publisher husband, James Thomas Fields. Jewett and Annie Fields started living together after James Fields sudden death. Jewett died after suffering strokes on June 24, 1909.
Writing style: Sarah Orne Jewett has a vivid eye for detail. ‘A White Heron’ has been filled by her to the brim with vibrant descriptions with deep and emotional undertones. Even if she has a wide vocabulary she hardly uses and difficult to understand words and instead chooses to focus on making the natural imagery of the story, pop.
1899 – Cover, Jewett’s The Queen’s Twin and Other Tales
1977 – Deephaven
1878 – Play Days
1879 – Old Friends and New
1881 – Country By-Ways
1884 – A Country Doctor
1884 – The Mate of the Daylight and Friends Ashore
1885 – A Marsh Island
1886 – A White Heron and Other Stories
1887 – The Story of the Normans, Told Chiefly in Relation to their Conquest of England
1888 – The King of Folly Island and Other People
1890 – Tales of New England
1890 – Betty Leicester: A Story for Girls
1890 – Strangers and Wayfarers
1893 – A Native of Winby and Other Tales
1894 – Betty Leicester’s English Christmas: A New Chapter of an Old Story
1895 – The Life of Nancy
1896 – The Country of the Pointed Firs
1899 – The Queen’s Twin and Other Stories
1901 – The Tory Lover
1905 – An Empty Purse: A Christmas Story
Awards and Acknowledgements:
Jewett has been described by Willa Cather as a significant influence on her development as a writer after which ‘feminist critics’ have championed her writing for its rich account of voices and lives of women
Jewett was conferred an honorary doctorate of literature