Country Doctor

Country Doctor

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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 protegee. 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Product details

  • OHP transparencies | 271 pages
  • 121.9 x 193 x 17.8mm | 68.04g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143039261
  • 9780143039266
  • 2,103,652

About Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was an American novelist, short story writer and poet, best known for her local color works set along or near the southern seacoast of Maine. 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.
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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. 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.
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Table of contents

A Country DoctorIntroduction
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"
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