Included in this volume are:
THE FOUR-FIFTEEN EXPRESS, by Amelia B. Edwards
THREE SPANISH LADIES, by Walter E Marconette
BRICKETT BOTTOM, by Amyas Northcote
ACROSS THE GULF, by Henry S. Whitehead
THE NIGHT CALL, by Henry van Dyke
HIS UNQUIET GHOST, by Mary Noailles Murfree
THE DREAM-GOWN OF THE JAPANESE AMBASSADOR, by Brander Matthews
THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, by Lillian B. Hunt
HIS DAY BACK, by Jack Brant
MY OWN TRUE GHOST STORY, by Rudyard Kipling
THE LONG CHAMBER, by Olivia Howard Dunbar
THE PAST, by Ellen Glasgow
MISS TEMPY'S WATCHERS, by Sarah Orne Jewett
THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN, by Charles Dickens
THE BULLY OF BROCAS COURT, by Arthur Conan Doyle
THE SPIRAL STONE, by Arthur Willis Colton
THE GHOST OF THE BLUE CHAMBER, by Jerome K. Jerome
THE MINIATURE, by J. Y. Akerman
TO LET, by B. M. Croker
THE FOREIGNER, by Sarah Orne Jewett
THE STONEGROUND GHOST TALES, by E. G. Swain
THEY THAT MOURN, by Juliet Wilbor Tompkins
GREEN BRANCHES, by Fiona Macleod
THE WERE-WOLF, by H. B. Marryatt
THE GHOST AT POINT OF ROCKS, by Frank H. Spearman
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Her luminous descriptions of the landscape are apparent in the title story, commonly regarded as her finest single tale. Other stories focus on the rural lives of elderly women and their attempts to live with dignity and security. In "The Town Poor," the characters are resilient in their poverty and compassionate towards those in need. Themes of female friendship in "The Dulham Ladies" and "Miss Tempy's Watchers" are characteristic. This volume also includes "The Foreigner," "Miss Peck's Promotion," "The Passing of Sister Barsett," "Miss Esther's Guest," "The Guests of Mrs. Timms," and "The Courting of Sister Wisby."
Widely regarded as the most distinguished American regionalist writer of the 19th century, Sarah Orne Jewett has been rediscovered and acknowledged as an American master. This outstanding collection of her short fiction will delight students of literature and women's studies as well as general readers.
No less a writer than Willa Cather ranked The Country of the Pointed Firs — with Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — as one of the three American works most likely to achieve permanent recognition. Long overlooked, Sarah Orne Jewett is today widely acknowledged as an American master and The Country of the Pointed Firs as a landmark in the defining of American character and the American experience.
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes four additional Dunnet Landing stories: "The Queen's Twin," "A Dunnet Shepherdess," "The Foreigner," and "William's Wedding."
The Country of the Pointed Firs, is a concisely written and beautifully wrought episodic novel of a young woman writer's summer sojourn in the Maine fishing village of Dunnet Landing. Through Jewett, the young woman conveys the effect of her deepening connections to the people of Dunnet Landing, especially the sibylline Mrs. Todd, and her empathy with the mysteries of the coastal life, one where the land and the sea have equal influence.
This Modern Library edition includes additional Dunnet Landing stories that were published between 1896 and 1910.
The critical introduction situates the text in its historical, cultural, and literary milieu, attending to its place in Jewett’s oeuvre and in her biography. Appendices include earlier “local color” writing by Jewett and others, Jewett’s letters, and contemporary reviews of the novel.