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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&n Classics Trade Paper)

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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Selected Short Fiction, by Sarah Orne Jewett, is part of the #LINK<Barnes & Noble Classics># series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

 

Even the title of Sarah Orne Jewett’s most celebrated work seems to revel in the love of landscape and language that flows through it. Though nominally a novel, The Country of the Pointed Firs lacks the coherent, unifying plot of more traditional books. Instead, Jewett creates a mosaic of tales and character sketches, all set in the fictional Maine fishing hamlet of Dunnet Landing. The unnamed narrator, an unmarried female writer (like Jewett herself), has come to the town seeking a summer of solitude and work. But she’s drawn to the villagers she meets. Most of them are over sixty, alone, and covering a roiling inner ocean of feeling with a craggy exterior as rocky as the ragged coastline. Entranced by their stories, she allows them to enter her life.

When the book first appeared, Willa Cather prophesied that the “young students of American literature in far distant years to come will take up this book and say ‘a masterpiece.’” Now, more than a century later, Cather’s words resonate more urgently than ever.

This edition also includes “A White Heron,” “A Winter Courtship,” “A Native of Winby,” and several other of Jewett’s cogent short stories.

Ted Olson is Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and the author of Blue Ridge Folklife (University Press of Mississippi, 1998).

About the Author

Ted Olson is Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and the author of Blue Ridge Folklife (University Press of Mississippi, 1998).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781593082628
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble Classics
Subject:
Classics
Introduction:
Olson, Ted
Illustrator:
Olson, Ted
Author:
Jewett, Sarah Orne
Author:
Olson, Ted
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Barnes & Noble Classics
Publication Date:
20050425
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1.04 in

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