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8. Regional

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Sarah Orne Jewett - Selected Archive Items

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[1546] Harper's Weekly, Eight illustrations depicting a New England farmhouse (1876),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-102852].
These illustrations depict a replica New England farmhouse that was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition of 1876.

[4440] Allen L. Hubbard, Alna Meeting House, State Rt. 218, Alna, Lincoln County, Maine (1936),
courtesy of the Library of Congress.
This plain-style meetinghouse reflects the old New England emphasis on spiritual rather than material wealth. Meetinghouses were places of worship and the site of town meetings.

[5274] Arnold Genthe, Sarah Orne Jewett (n.d.),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Arnold Genthe Collection [LC-G4085-0430].
Born in 1849 in South Berwick, Maine, Sarah Orne Jewett grew up steeped in the idioms and atmosphere of coastal New England. Her evocative sketches of village life in nineteenth-century Maine have earned her a place among the most important practitioners of American regional writing.

[7111] Samuel H. Gottscho, Gate bordered by stone walls (c. 1918),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC2-4334].
Photograph of a rural New England setting such as those found in Jewett's work.

[9066] Joseph John Kirkbride, Panorama of Mooseriver Village (c. 1884-91),
courtesy of the Library of Congess [LC-USZ62-61485].
Sarah Orne Jewett, the daughter of a country doctor, drew much of her inspiration from the small-town New England life with which she was intimately familiar.

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