Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909), novelist and short-story writer, was born and raised in South Berwick, Maine. The daughter of a country doctor, she received a lady’s education but maintained that her real learning came from her father, who fostered her writing talents and let her accompany him on his rounds. At age nineteen, she had her first short story published in the Atlantic Monthly. Her vignettes of the gently perishing glory of the Maine countryside and ports won her a place among the most successful of the local-color writers.
“It seemed … she never had been alive … before she came to live at the farm.”
Despite having published in the Atlantic Monthly before, and being close friends with both the editor and his wife, Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron” was not ...[SEE MORE]