Sarah Orne Jewett Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

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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