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by Sarah Orne Jewett

Originally published in Scribner’ s, The Cosmopolitan, McClure’ s, and Lippincott’ s, Sarah Orne Jewett’ s stories about Irish immigrant figures constitute a neglected corner of her oeuvre, despite the fact that Jewett herself entertained the possibility of collecting them into a volume to be called Transplanted Shamrocks. Because the proposed collection never appeared, Jewett’ s tales of the Irish in America, stories that constitute an invaluable historical and literary record, appear together for the first time in this anthology. These eight stories represent the first serious treatment of the Irish in America by an important literary figure.After a visit to Ireland in 1882, this superior nineteenth-century New England writer expanded the scope of her interests to provide fictional portraits of the newly arrived Irish population. She told the sometimes happy and more often sad tales of their acculturation in "The Luck of the Bogans" (1889), "A Little Captive Maid" (1891), "Between Mass and Vespers" (1893), "The Gray Mills of Farley" (1898), "Where’ s Nora?" (1898), "Bold Words at the Bridge" (1899), "A Landlocked Sailor" (1899), and" Elleneen" (1901). For Jewett, the Irish comprised a unique and fascinating addition to the New England local color figures it was her life’ s work to represent in literary fiction. She believed the Irish immigrant brought a new vitality and charm to the New England landscape.In their introduction, editors Jack Morgan and Louis A. Renza point out that in these stories Jewett displayed a remarkable empathy for the Irish. Undoing the "Paddy" stereotype favored in nineteenth-century Yankee discourse, Jewett exhibited an understanding of the immigrant psyche unheard of among her fellow writers— including Emerson and Thoreau, both of whom wrote disdainfully of the Irish.Morgan and Renza further discuss the stories in the context of contemporary multicultural and ethnic concerns, showing that Jewett’ s Irish stories demonstrate a renewal— a redefining, questioning, and expanding of cultural boundaries within concentrated American communities, her own New England area in particular. As such, the editors contend, the stories constitute important documents in the history of a country still engaged with the multiethnic as well as the multi-individualist paradox of "E pluribus unum."Above all, however, these stories are touching and deeply felt treatments of subjects dear to her heart by one of our major writers.
Download The Irish Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett epub
ISBN: 0809320398
ISBN13: 978-0809320394
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Sarah Orne Jewett
Language: English
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (December 30, 1996)
Pages: 208 pages
ePUB size: 1542 kb
FB2 size: 1214 kb
Rating: 4.7
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These two scholars have provided a great service to USA literature. I skirted the Irish stories and read the rest of Jewett assiduously. When my plate was near empty, I sprang for this convenient collection of stories otherwise difficult for us to access.
They are untypical of Jewett's production. Her work in this genre is exotic and wonderful. I can't figure out why these stories are almost universally deprecated (and wish the authors could have analyzed this more). The first story one reads, presents the hang of Irish dialect. And then all the others read like typical gems. I love the book and am really nursing it, one story a week. Wish there were 10 times more "Irish stories".
No, I ain't Irish, and I'm afraid I had residual prejudices about them. I wonder if Jewett was not campaigning about the much more rabid prejudice of her time. She certainly succeeded (at least for this boy). They're different all right, but the "difference" is sweet, understandable, and awesome. Thanks to Mother Sarah, and the scholarly authors and press.
Not the fault of the editors, but the stories are quite flat and boring. I suppose if you're a SOJ lover, the book'll be important to give you insight into another aspect of her career. If you're looking at it to find good creative writing that gives insight into the experiences of Irish immigrants in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries you won't find that here.