The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories (Mass Market)

By Sarah Orne Jewett, Anita Shreve (Introduction by), Peter Balaam (Afterword by)

Signet, 9780451531445, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/17/1982)
Paperback (5/1/1996)
Paperback (4/1/1997)

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A rich collection of classic American literature potraying the beauty of a 19th-century New England town.

A female writer comes one summer to Dunnet Landing, a Maine seacoast town, where she follows the lonely inhabitants of once-prosperous coastal communities. Here, lives are molded by the long Maine winters, rock-filled fields and strong resourceful women.

Throughout Sarah Orne Jewett’s novel and stories, these quiet tales of a simpler American life capture the inspirational in the everyday: the importance of honest friendships, the value of family, and the gift of community.

“Their counterparts are in every village in the world, thank heaven, and the gift to one’s life is only in its discernment.” 

About the Author

Sarah Orne Jewett was born in Maine on September 3, 1849, and grew up in the small town of South Berwick, where she was to spend the principle part of her life. Ill health prevented her from fulfilling her ambition to become a doctor; she turned to writing instead. Her first story was published when she was eighteen, and her literary production continued unabated until a crippling carriage accident in 1902 ended her creative career. She died on June 24, 1909, leaving behind a remarkable literary legacy.

Praise For The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

“The young student of American Literature in far distant years to come will take up this book and say ‘a masterpiece.’”—Will Cather