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A White Heron and Other Stories

A White Heron and Other Stories (Paperback) by Sarah Orne Jewett (Author)

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Writing in wonderfully descriptive and fluent prose, one of the most distinguished American regionalist writers of the 19th century celebrates the past in stories dealing with female friendships and tales that portray the resilience with which her female characters respond to poverty. Includes "The Town Poor," "Miss Peck's Promotion," "The Passing of Sister Barsett," "Aunt Cynthy Dallett," "The Denham Ladies," "Miss Tempy's Watchers," and seven more.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Contemporary Reviews

"The Town Poor," which was collected in this volume, from the July 1890 issue of The Atlantic Monthly


5 out of 5 stars frequently neglected, environmentally aware short fiction, August 8, 2001

By Kimberly Wells (Shreveport, LA USA) (REAL NAME)    

This review is from: A White Heron and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)

Jewett's short vignettes were dismissed in her lifetime as "mere sketches" of regional life. If you want fast-moving action based plots, these aren't your thing. But the short, loosely interconnected pieces in this collection are wonderful images of a time, place and lifestyle. The domestic world of 19th century women, as well as New England, are painted with a light brush. People interested in early environmentalism/naturalism will find "A White Heron" a depiction of a growing awareness of humanity/nature's interconnectedness.

You may have to read this for a high school or college English course, and if so, read it with the expectation of snapshots of American life that reveal a lot about the author's life, too.

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