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The Country of the Pointed Firs - Sarah Orne Jewett

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The Country of
the Pointed Firs

SARAH ORNE JEWETT



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SARAH ORNE JEWETT (1849-1909) was born and died in South Berwick,
Maine.  Her father was the region's most distinguished doctor and,
as a child, Jewett often accompanied him on his round of patient
visits.  She began writing poetry at an early age and when she was
only 19 her short story "Mr. Bruce" was accepted by the Atlantic
Monthly.  Her association with that magazine continued, and
William Dean Howells, who was editor at that time, encouraged her
to publish her first book, Deephaven (1877), a collection of
sketches published earlier in the Atlantic Monthly.  Through
her friendship with Howells, Jewett became acquainted with Boston's
literary elite, including Annie Fields, with whom she developed one
of the most intimate and lasting relationships of her life.

The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) is considered
Jewett's finest work, described by Henry James as her "beautiful
little quantum of achievement."  Despite James's diminutives, the
novel remains a classic.  Because it is loosely structured, many
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