Sarah Orne Jewett wrote stories for a living, but truly was a poet at heart. Her stories were criticized as being too sweet, too shallow, too domestic. Yet, it was just those qualities that made her a good poet. (I hesitate to call her “great”, but she was “good”.) The Lesbian Question for Sarah Orne […]
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Sarah Orne Jewett wrote charming love poems to her lesbian lover. That she never publicly acknowledged her lesbianism seems inconsequential.
Just as lesbians Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas had their sophisticated salon, so too did Annie Adams Fields and Sarah Orne Jewett. Both Fields and Jewett were lovely ladies, well educated in the classics and literature. If anything, Fields was the better educated and, in many respects, the better poet. Fields did not, however, […]