Sarah Orne Jewett's beautifully crafted stories of life on the Maine coast helped make this section of our state a nationally recognized landscape icon. Her characters, however; are not what we would expect to find in a state renowned for male-dominated pursuits like deep-sea fishing, logging, and river-driving. Jewett's people— the inhabitants of Dunnet Landing—are generally old and female. Jn describing them, she presents us with a picture of coastal life as a gentlewoman’s world. Jewett accents gender and age by setting her characters against a backdrop of nature and history. Sarah Hamelin is a student at the University of Maine majoring in education.
Hamelin, Sarah. "Gender, History, and Nature in Sarah Orne Jewett’s Country of the Pointed Firs." Maine History 41, 1 (2002): 62-80. https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mainehistoryjournal/vol41/iss1/5