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Though not as well-known as the writers she influenced, Sarah Orne Jewett nevertheless remains one of the most important American novelists of the late nineteenth century. <BR>Published in 1884, Jewett's first novel, A Country Doctor, is a luminous portrayal of rural Maine and a semiautobiographical look at her world. In it, Nan's struggle to choose between marriage and a career as a doctor, between the confining life of a small town and a self-directed one as a professional, mirrors Jewett's own conflicts as well as eloquently giving voice to the leading women's issues of her time. Perhaps even more importantly, Jewett's perfect details about wild flowers and seaside wharfs, farm women knitting by the fireside and sailors going upriver to meet the moonlight convey a realism that has seldom been surpassed and stamp her writing with her signature style.

Synopsis:

A hundred and thirty years after it was first published, Sarah Orne Jewett’s story of a young medical woman remains an incisive rendering of the dilemmas of gender, society, and self. Nan Prince first becomes interested in medicine as a child, as the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie. In time she becomes his protégée. But when she enters medical college, she realizes that she will have to choose between marriage and her career, between the demands of her society and her obligations to her true self. Inspired by Jewett’s own interests and by her father, A Country Doctor portrays a world very much in flux and Nan, ultimately, as a woman with a new world opening to her.

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About the Author

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909) was the daughter of a physician in Berwick, Maine. Her books include Deephaven, The Country of the Pointed Firs, and nine volumes of short stories.

Frederick Wegener is an associate professor of English at California State University at Long Beach and the editor of Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings.

Table of Contents

A Country Doctor Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text and Acknowledgments

I. The Last Mile

II. The Farm-House Kitchen

III. At Jake and Martin's

IV. Life and Death

V. A Sunday Visit

VI. In Summer Weather

VII. For the Years to Come

VIII. A Great Change

IX. At Dr. Leslie's

X. Across the Street

XI. New Outlooks

XII. Against the Wind

XIII. A Straight Course

XIV. Miss Prince of Dunport

XV. Hostess and Guest

XVI. A June Sunday

XVII. By the River

XVIII. A Serious Tea-Drinking

XIX. Friend and Lover

XX. Ashore and Afloat

XXI. At Home Again

Explanatory Notes

Appendix: "Theodore Herman Jewett, M.D., of South Berwick"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039266
Editor:
Wegener, Frederick
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Wegener, Frederick
Author:
Jewett, Sarah Orne
Author:
Wegener, Frederick
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Women physicians
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.70x5.20x.59 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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A hundred and thirty years after it was first published, Sarah Orne Jewett’s story of a young medical woman remains an incisive rendering of the dilemmas of gender, society, and self. Nan Prince first becomes interested in medicine as a child, as the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie. In time she becomes his protégée. But when she enters medical college, she realizes that she will have to choose between marriage and her career, between the demands of her society and her obligations to her true self. Inspired by Jewett’s own interests and by her father, A Country Doctor portrays a world very much in flux and Nan, ultimately, as a woman with a new world opening to her.

  • First time in Penguin Classics

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