American novelist and short-story writer Sarah Orne Jewett (September 3, 1849 - June 24, 1909) was known for her "local color" works set in or near South Berwick, Maine, which in in the 19th century was a New England seaport in decline. This gentle, often comic collection includes: "A White Heron", "The Dulham Ladies", "The Guests of Mrs. Timms", "Miss Peck's Promotion", "Miss Tempy's Watchers", and "The Town Poor".
This superlative work by Sarah Orne Jewett, a late 19th century writer, shows great literary skill, artistry and charm. The Country of the Pointed Firs depicts the close personal and family relationships in a small New England village. In its appreciation of the natural beauty and restorative powers of a small community, it is similar to Thoreau's Walden.
"Unexpected Delight !"
With humor and compassion we enter the world of a small seacoast village located in northern Maine, where courage and caring are beautifully exemplified.
The selections in this collection include classic short stories "Bartelby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, "The Truth About Pyecraft" by H. G. Wells, "The Angel Child" by Stephen Crane, "A Journey" by Edith Wharton, "Phyllis and Rosamond" by Vriginia Woolf, and "The Flight of Betsey Lane" by Sarah Orne Jewett.
"Classic short stories"
Stories of love and romance in 23 varieties.... From the very first lovers - Adam and Eve - to what romance might be like in the future, this collection sparkles with whimsy and goodold fashioned romance. A veritable box of chocolates without the calories!
Special effort was made to capture the dialect in these seven gems carefully lifted from the treasures of life in New England at the turn of the century.
"Simply the most satisfying and relaxing stories"
Published in 1884, Sarah Orne Jewet's first novel, A Country Doctor, is a luminous portrayal of rural Maine and a semiautobiographical look at her world. In it, Nan's struggle to choose between marriage and a career as a doctor, between the confining life of a small town and a self-directed one as a professional, mirrors Jewett's own conflicts as well as eloquently giving voice to the leading women's issues of her time.
This unique collection features some of the best short stories every written. It includes, "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Well" by W. W. Jacobs; "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin; "A Winter Courtship" by Sarah Orne Jewett; "The Mortal Immortal" by Mary Shelley; "The Revolt of Mother" and "A New England Nun" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman; "The Sire de Maletroit's Door" and "Markheim" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Nan Prince first becomes interested in medicine as a child, as the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie. In time she becomes his protégée. But when she enters medical college, she realizes that she will have to choose between marriage and her career, between the demands of her society and her obligations to her true self.
Sarah Orne Jewett's fiction depicts, with humor and dignity, the lives and values of the people of New England before the turn of the century. This unabridged collection of four of her best stories, beautifully performed in the dialect of Southern Maine by Tana Hicken, presents the spirit and the humor of a place and an era long past. "Martha's Lady" is the wonderful story of the bond that develops between two young women - one a visiting cousin, the other an awkward and newly employed maid.