1888 SARAH ORNE JEWETT "A Country Doctor" SIGNED & INSCRIBED…

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1888 SARAH ORNE JEWETT "A Country Doctor" SIGNED & INSCRIBED to a PUBLISHER FRIEND, DAVID DOUGLAS, a Scottish Publisher of American Writers

A COUNTRY DOCTOR, by SARAH ORNE JEWETT. Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888.

SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by SARA ORNE JEWETT to her friend, the Edinburgh Publisher DAVID DOUGLAS:

"To David Douglas, Esq. / With best regards from / Sarah O. Jewett / Boston, May, 1888".

The inscription is on a plain card that is pasted on to the front pastedown. Note that it is dated in the same year the book was published, 1888.

Hardcovers, brown cloth covered boards, black design and lettering on the front cover, gilt lettering on the spine, 4.5x7 inches,351 pages.

VERY GOOD Condition: the covers have some rubbing and a bit of wear to the corner tips and spine ends; the page edges (page edges of the closed book) have a few light spots; internally, the rear endpapers have the remnant of a small sticker, there are a few cracks to the inner hinge here and there but all is holding very well, overall the pages of this 1888 book are just lightly used, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A solid, presentable copy.

About SARAH ORNE JEWETT (from Wikipedia):

******Theodora Sarah Orne Jewett, b.1849 d.1909, was an American novelist, short story writer and poet, best known for her local color works set along or near the southern coast of Maine. Jewett is recognized as an important practitioner of American literary regionalism. Willa Cather described Jewett as a significant influence on her development as a writer and dedicated her 1913 novel O Pioneers!, based upon memories of her childhood in Nebraska, to Jewett.

Jewett's works featuring relationships between women often mirrored her own life and friendships. Modern feminist critics have praised her writing for its rich account of women's lives and voices. Jewett's letters and diaries reveal that as a young woman she had close relationships with several women. In later life Jewett had a close friendship with writer Annie Adams Fields, b.1834 d.1915, and her husband, publisher James T. Fields. After the sudden death of James Fields in 1881, Jewett and Annie Fields lived together for the rest of Jewett's life in what was then termed a "Boston Marriage" in Fields's homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Boston.

In 1901 Bowdoin College conferred an honorary doctorate of literature on Jewett, the first woman to be granted an honorary degree by Bowdoin.******

About DAVID DOUGLAS, Publisher (from Wikipedia, the COE College website, and other Internet sites):

Douglas, David, b.1823 d.1916 was a Scottish publisher in the 19th century. At first publishing books of intellectual and historical interest, in later years he moved to the republishing of American novels as inexpensive editions, introducing writers such as Henry James and William Dean Howells to the Scottish and British public.

David Douglas was a friend and correspondent of the American writer Sarah Orne Jewett and her companion (and purported lover) Annie Field. Many of the letters between them are held at various institutions. A few references to the Jewett/Douglas letters are below:

Published letters of Sarah O. Jewett: "Letters of Sarah Orne Jewett", edited by Annie Fields. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1911...(includes letters to) Thomas Bailey Aldrich (3),Willa Cather (3), Ellen Chase (4), DAVID DOUGLAS (4), ANNIE FIELDS (62), Alice Greenwood Howe...

Jewett letters held at Harvard University (Houghton Library), Cambridge, Mass. (includes letters to): Mrs. Fred P. Abbott (1), Mary Elizabeth Woodman Aldrich (71), Thomas Bailey Aldrich (43), Boylston Beal (1), Mabel Lowell Burnett (6), DAVID DOUGLAS (5), George du Maurier (2)...

Transcript of a manuscript letter by David Douglas to Annie Fields, the companion of Sarah Orne Jewett, held by the Huntington Library. Letter references Jewett.

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