Sarah Orne Jewett
Sarah Orne Jewett

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Name: Sarah Orne Jewett
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Female
Birth Day: September 3, 1849
Death Date: Jun 24, 1909 (age 59)
Age: Aged 59
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett was born on September 3, 1849 in United States (59 years old). Sarah Orne Jewett is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Sarah Orne Jewettnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


She is associated with the literary movement known as local color.

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As per our current Database, Sarah Orne Jewett died on Jun 24, 1909 (age 59).

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Before Fame

She studied at Miss Olive Rayne's school and, later, at Berwick Academy. When she was just nineteen years old, she published a short story in the Atlantic Monthly.

Biography Timeline


Jewett was educated at Miss Olive Rayne's school and then at Berwick Academy, graduating in 1866. She supplemented her education with reading in her extensive family library. Jewett was "never overtly religious", but after she joined the Episcopal church in 1871, she explored less conventional religious ideas. For example, her friendship with Harvard law professor Theophilus Parsons stimulated an interest in the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth-century Swedish scientist and theologian, who believed that the Divine "was present in innumerable, joined forms — a concept underlying Jewett's belief in individual responsibility."


Jewett never married, but she established a close friendship with writer Annie Adams Fields (1834–1915) and her husband, publisher James Thomas Fields, editor of the Atlantic Monthly. After the sudden death of James Fields in 1881, Jewett and Annie Fields lived together for the rest of Jewett's life in what was then termed a "Boston marriage". Some modern scholars have speculated that the two were lovers. Both women "found friendship, humor, and literary encouragement" in one another's company, traveling to Europe together and hosting "American and European literati." In France Jewett met Thérèse Blanc-Bentzon with whom she had long corresponded and who translated some of her stories for publication in France.


At age 19, Jewett published her first important story in the Atlantic Monthly, and her reputation grew throughout the 1870s and 1880s. Her literary importance arises from her careful, if subdued, vignettes of country life that reflect a contemporary interest in local color rather than in plot. Jewett possessed a keen descriptive gift that William Dean Howells called "an uncommon feeling for talk — I hear your people." Jewett made her reputation with the novella The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896). A Country Doctor (1884), a novel reflecting her father and her early ambitions for a medical career, and A White Heron (1886), a collection of short stories are among her finest work. Some of Jewett's poetry was collected in Verses (1916), and she also wrote three children's books. Willa Cather described Jewett as a significant influence on her development as a writer, and "feminist critics have since championed her writing for its rich account of women's lives and voices." In 1901 Bowdoin College conferred an honorary doctorate of literature on Jewett, the first woman to be granted an honorary degree by Bowdoin.


On September 3, 1902, Jewett was injured in a carriage accident that all but ended her writing career. She was paralyzed by a stroke in March 1909, and she died in her South Berwick home after suffering another stroke on June 24, 1909. The Georgian home of the Jewett family, built in 1774 overlooking Central Square at South Berwick, is now a National Historic Landmark and Historic New England museum, the Sarah Orne Jewett House.


The 2019 film The Lighthouse based the down-east accent of character Thomas Wake (played by Willem Dafoe) on Jewett's phonetic transcription of period speech in southern Maine..

Family Life

Sarah grew up in Maine as the daughter of a physician. Sarah never married; however, her extremely close friendship with fellow author, Annie Fields, may have become romantic following the death of Fields' husband.

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