Sarah Orne Jewett Essay - Sarah Orne Jewett Long Fiction Analysis

Sarah Orne Jewett Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The proper classification of Sarah Orne Jewett’s first effort at long fiction, Deephaven, remains problematic even after a century. In some circles it is regarded as a novel, while many literary historians regard it as a collection of short stories, a contention immediately attributable to the book’s genesis. It originated as a popular series of sketches that appeared in The Atlantic Monthly beginning in 1873. Howells encouraged her to combine the sketches and flesh them out with a suitable dramatic framework and continuity, and the result—which was titled Deephaven after the composite Maine seaport in which the sketches are set—was an immediate popular success. Even if a reader were unaware of...

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