Sarah Orne Jewett
Sarah Orne Jewett was born in South Berwick, Maine, where she lived
her entire life. At age 19, Jewett published her first story and was soon
encouraged by William Dean Howells to publish her stories as a book.
Her career continued to rise steadily and she became one of the most
prominent literary figures of her time.
Sarah Orne Jewett was born in South Berwick,
Maine on 3rd September 1849. She died in the
same town aged 59 on 24th June 1909.
As a child, she developed
arthritis and so was often sent
for long country walks to try to
ease the symptoms.
She also frequently
accompanied her father, a
country doctor, on his visits to
his patients and it is probably
from this background that she
developed her keen interest in
rural domestic life on the
She was educated at the local
school, but expanded her
knowledge through her family’s
library and correspondence with
other learned figures.
Sarah Orne Jewett Death
Jewett’s writing career was brought to
an abrupt and untimely end when she
and her sister were involved in a
carriage accident when their horse
stumbled on a loose rock. Both sisters
were thrown from the carriage and,
though Jewett’s sister was largely
unharmed, Jewett herself suffered from
concussion and spinal damage.
Sarah Orne life
RelationshipSarah Orne Jewett never married. She did
have a deep and long lasting friendship with
Anne Fields, the wife of the editor
of Atlantic Monthly. After his death, Sarah
and Anne lived together, giving rise to the
speculation that she may have been a
lesbian, but it is equally plausible that the
two were merely friends and companions.
Jewett connected two generations of
women writers. She counted among her
influences Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose
New England fiction she greatly admired,
and she figured prominently in the tradition
of women realists and regionalists active in
the second half of the nineteenth century.
Some of Sarah Orne Jewett works
A White Heron (1886)
The Foreigner (1900)
Deep haven (1877)
Old Friends and New(1880)
Country Byways (1881)
A Country Doctor (1884)
A White Heron and Other
The Country of the Pointed
The Tory Lover (1901)
Sarah Orne Jewett Quotes
It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to
do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to
be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses.
The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last
gets itself put down rightly on paper - whether little or great, it
belongs to Literature.
Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a
new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
“This is a very small world; we are all within hail of each
other. I dare say when we get to Heaven there will not be a
stranger to make friends with. -A Country Doctor”