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The Irish stories of Sarah Orne Jewett /
edited and with an introduction by Jack Morgan and Louis A. Renza.
Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.
liii, 149 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0809320398 (alk. paper)
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Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.
0809320398 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-06:
Gathered together for the first time, Jewett's eight stories about Irish immigrants in "Ameriky" are an important resource for feminist, regional, and ethnic studies. As Morgan (Univ. of Missouri) and Renza (Dartmouth College) explain in their long introductory essay, the Maine writer--in contrast to Thoreau, Hawthorne, and many other 19th-century authors--was particularly sympathetic toward Irish struggles to achieve the American dream. Jewett's hardworking cultural transplants range from the homesick young Nora in "A Little Captive Maid" to the heartbroken middle-aged father in the ironically titled "Luck of the Bogans." Written for popular magazines like Scribner's, Jewett's Irish stories reflect the 1890s craze for dialect fiction while also performing serious "cultural-historical work," according to the editors. Morgan and Renza speak knowledgeably about the "imperialist" designs of some regional literature, but they credit Jewett with "defining, questioning, and expanding cultural boundaries within concentrated American communities, her own New England area in particular." The scholarly introduction is most appropriate for academic audiences--upper-division undergraduates and above--but many general readers will enjoy Jewett's sentimental tales. J. W. Hall; University of Mississippi
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. XIII
Acknowledgmentsp. XVII
Introduction Imagining the Irish in the Works Of Sarah Orne Jewettp. XIX
Notesp. XLV
The: Luck Of the Bogansp. 3
A Little Captive Maidp. 23
The: Gray Mills Of Farleyp. 71
Where's Nora?p. 94
Bold Words At the Bridgep. 118
A Landlocked Sailorp. 128
Elleneenp. 143
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