Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How do Sarah Orne Jewett’s stories of country doctors confirm her experience of having often accompanied her father on his visits to patients?

What is the relationship between individual and community in Jewett’s fiction?

What are the outstanding characteristics of the old women in Jewett’s stories?

What qualities in Jewett’s writing did male critics of the time often fail to consider in their assessment of her work?

What does the narrator of The Country of the Pointed Firs learn from her sojourn at Dunnet Landing?

What do Jewett’s descriptions of the features of coastal Maine gain from her frequent technique of putting them into the mouths of her characters?