The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

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by Sarah Orne Jewett
     
 

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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jewett's 1896 novel and selected stories about the fictional town of Dunnett Landing in rural Maine. (May)
From the Publisher

“The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett certainly qualifies as noteworthy . . . It's by far Jewett's best known book . . . [she] recounts the experiences of a writer in a Maine fishing village during the summer . . . [this version contains] an introduction by Sarah Way Sherman, associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.” —Nicola Smith, Valley News (Lebanon NH)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385092142
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1954
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
787,904
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.67(d)

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There was something about the coast town of Dunnet which made it seem more attractive than other maritime villages of eastern Maine. Perhaps it was the simple fact of acquaintance with that neighborhood which made it so attaching, and gave such interest to the rocky shore and dark woods, and the few houses which seemed to be securely wedged and tree-nailed in among the ledges by the Landing. These houses made the most of their seaward view, and there was a gayety and determined floweriness in their bits of garden ground; the small-paned high windows in the peaks of their steep gables were like knowing eyes that watched the harbor and the far sea-line beyond, or looked northward all along the shore and its background of spruces and balsam firs. When one really knows a village like this and its surroundings, it is like becoming acquainted with a single person. The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.

After a first brief visit made two or three summers before in the course of a yachting cruise, a lover of Dunnet Landing returned to find the unchanged shores of the pointed firs, the same quaintness of the village with its elaborate conventionalities; all that mixture of remoteness, and childish certainty of being the centre of civilization of which her affectionate dreams had told. One evening in June, a single passenger landed upon the steamboat wharf. The tide was high, there was a fine crowd of spectators, and the younger portion of the company followed her with subdued excitement up the narrow street of the salt-aired, white-clapboarded little town.

Meet the Author

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909) was born and raised in South Berwick, Maine. Before publication of The Country of the Pointed Firs, she published the novels A Country Doctor (1884) and A Marsh Island (1885), and nine collections of short stories.

Sarah Way Sherman is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire and author of Sarah Orne Jewett, An American Persephone (UPNE, 1989) and numerous articles on 19th-century women writers.

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My mother's family was from Maine, and she told me of this book when I was a kid. My sister finally found it and bought me a copy. It's so sweet! It's stories about a simpler life in Maine. It's a nice escape from our modern reality! (my mother's favorite story was the one about the Queen's biggest fan)