Stories by Jewett for
The White Heron &
The Town Poor
|Sarah Orne Jewett grew up in
southern Maine, a rural area that throve on early American shipbuilding but then declined. Her early experiences acquainted her
with the region's people and landscape.
Daughter of a country
doctor in a long-established family, she accompanied her father on house
Jewett suffered from rheumatoid arthritis;
walking therapy acquainted her with the natural world.
At 19 Jewett
published her first story in the prestigious
Monthly magazine. A prolific
writer, Jewett wrote more than 20 volumes incl. novels,
novellas, short story collections, poetry, and children's literature.
Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project at Coe College,Maine.
Jewett is admired as a stylist of the late 19th-century
Local Color movement, featuring careful representation
of her region's folkways, speech, and environment.
||Jewett inspired and influenced later regionalists
including Willa Cather (1873-1947), but her life and works are also studied for
their subtle early models of feminism and women's communities.
the 1800s westward
migration drew men from New England, leaving towns and
countrysides more populated by women, as depicted by
In her personal life Jewett was close
friends with her Boston publisher James T. Fields and his wife Annie
Adams Fields (1834-1915). After Mr. Fields's
death in 1881, Sarah and Annie formed what was then called a "Boston
marriage" in which two women kept house.
|Jewett family home in South Berwick, Maine, (photo
from 1910 postcard)
declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991.