What Do I Read Next?
A Country Doctor (1884) is Jewett’s novel based on her father’s experiences as a doctor serving inhabitants of rural Maine.
The Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett (1925), edited and with an introduction by Willa Cather, includes Jewett’s major short stories from throughout her career.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is the masterpiece novel of one of the leading “local color” writers of the nineteenth century and a major influence on Jewett. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was an extremely influential antislavery novel published before the Civil War.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), by Mark Twain, is one of the greatest American novels of the nineteenth century and a major work of “local color” writing. It concerns the experiences of a white boy, Huck Finn, after he runs away from home in the company of Jim, an escaped slave. Twain was a personal acquaintance of Jewett.
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960) is a definitive collection of Dickinson’s poems. Dickinson, a New England poet contemporary to Jewett, is considered one of the greatest American poets of the nineteenth century.
My Antonia (1918) is considered the masterpiece of Willa Cather, a regionalist author of Nebraska pioneer life. Cather was a personal acquaintance of Jewett and was strongly influenced by her “local color” fiction.