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Country of the Pointed Firs

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

00:00(1/20) 01 – The Return / 02 – Mrs. Todd00:00
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1. 01 – The Return / 02 – Mrs. Todd
2. 03 – The Schoolhouse
3. 04 – At the Schoolhouse Window
4. 05 – Captain Littlepage
5. 06 – The Waiting Place
6. 07 – The Outer Island
7. 08 – Green Island
8. 09 – William
9. 10 – Where Pennyroyal Grew
10. 11 – The Old Singers
11. 12 – A Strange Sail
12. 13 – Poor Joanna
13. 14 – The Hermitage
14. 15 – On Shell-heap Island
15. 16 – The Great Expedition
16. 17 – A Country Road
17. 18 – The Bowden Reunion
18. 19 – The Feast’s End
19. 20 – Along Shore
20. 21 – The Backward View

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Summary

The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) is considered Jewett’s finest work, described by Henry James as her “beautiful little quantum of achievement.” Despite James’s diminutives, the novel remains a classic. Because it is loosely structured, many critics view the book not as a novel, but a series of sketches; however, its structure is unified through both setting and theme. Jewett herself felt that her strengths as a writer lay not in plot development or dramatic tension, but in character development. Indeed, she determined early in her career to preserve a disappearing way of life, and her novel can be read as a study of the effects of isolation and hardship on the inhabitants who lived in the decaying fishing villages along the Maine coast.