Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Country Doctor. Sarah Orne Jewett.

New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc. 1884 (1994). (1)

Why read it? Novel. There was a definite belief in the time of this novel that a woman could not be married and pursue a profession at the same time. Joe Crowell, Jr., in Our Town thought it was too bad his teacher was leaving in order to be married. Apparently his teacher could not be married and also be a teacher.

Nan, in A Country Doctor, was conscious of a purpose in life beyond settling for marriage. Her travels with her father, a doctor, on his rounds, gave her the ambition to be a doctor and the whole civilized world around her tried to talk her out of a career in medicine and into marriage.

The setting of this novel is rural, seacoast Maine. Sarah Orne Jewett's feelings about the people of rural Maine, her skill in writing about them and her ability to reproduce their language suggest that she is one of the great American writers. RayS.

Next blog: Sample quotes.

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