The Country Of The Pointed Firs

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Sarah Orne Jewett's place in American letters was assured when this acclaimed collection of stories about her native state of Maine was first published in 1896. Her crisp style and skillful observation of people and places gives her work lasting appeal.
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Overview

Sarah Orne Jewett's place in American letters was assured when this acclaimed collection of stories about her native state of Maine was first published in 1896. Her crisp style and skillful observation of people and places gives her work lasting appeal.
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Editorial Reviews

Josephine Donovan University of Maine
"In this centenary year of the author's death Broadview Press is to be commended for bringing forth an excellent new edition of Sarah Orne Jewett's great work, The Country of the Pointed Firs. Considered by Willa Cather one of the American books guaranteed to endure, the text is here reproduced in its original integrity, after which are appended the sequel Dunnet Landing stories. Deborah Carlin's exceptionally informative annotations to the text will greatly enrich readers' appreciation and understanding. Also supplied is a useful selection of supplementary critical and historical material, including a rare, little-known, and very valuable 1895 interview with Jewett. The Country of the Pointed Firs is a distinguished addition to the impressive Broadview Editions series; I highly recommend it for classroom use, as well as for the general reader."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781176266889
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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Deborah Carlin is Professor of American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sarah Orne Jewett: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Country of the Pointed Firs
The Dunnet Landing Stories
1. The Queen's Twin (1899)
2. A Dunnet Shepherdess (1899)
3. The Foreigner (1900)
4. William's Wedding (1910)
Appendix A: Before The Country of the Pointed Firs: Precursors and Influences
1. Sarah Orne Jewett, Preface to the 1893 Deephaven Edition
2. Sarah Orne Jewett, Chapter Four, "Deephaven Society" from Deephaven
3. Sarah Orne Jewett, Chapter Five, "The Captains" from Deephaven
4. Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Aunt Roxy and Aunt Ruey," Chapter Four of The Pearl of Orr's Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine
Appendix B: Local Color Literature: 19th-Century Formulations and Definitions
1. William Dean Howells, "Editor's Study" (1887)
2. Hamlin Garland, "Local Color in Art" (1894)
3. James Lane Allen, "Two Principles in Recent American Fiction" (1897)
4. Bret Harte, "The Rise of the 'Short Story'" (1899)
5. William Dean Howells, "The Future of the American Novel" (1912)
6. Annie Steger Winston, "America As A Field For Fiction" (1900)
Appendix C: Selected Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett
Appendix D: Reviews of The Country of the Pointed Firs
Appendix E: Profiles of Sarah Orne Jewett
1. Anonymous, "Miss Jewett" (1894)
2. Anonymous, "Pleasant Day With Miss Jewett. How the New England Authoress Lives in Quaint Old Berwick Town. Her House and Her Horses. An Ideal Summer Life Down on the Coast of Maine—Her Stories and Novels and How They Are Written" (1895)
3. Charles Miner Thompson, "The Art of Miss Jewett" (1904)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Highly recommended, BUT don't buy this edition.

    Ordering this edition will get you a cheesy print-on-demand volume, approximately 9"x12", resembling a grade-school workbook. For a reader with limited vision, its fairly large font is a possible advantage. My advice is to go for a better edition of this wonderful novella.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Delightful

    Stories within a story woven together in such a way that when you put it down you will know you've just read a great book. This is a short book. Hard to call it a novel but it's not quite a short story either. Regardless, don't miss it.

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