A New-England Nun and Other Stories

A New-England Nun and Other Stories

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sandra A. Zagarell / Jan 18, 2020

A New England Nun and Other Stories A collection that shows Freeman s many modes romantic gothic and psychologically symbolic as well as her use of pathos and sentimentality humour satire and irony These stories centre on questions

  • Title: A New-England Nun and Other Stories
  • Author: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sandra A. Zagarell
  • ISBN: 9780140437393
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection that shows Freeman s many modes romantic, gothic, and psychologically symbolic as well as her use of pathos and sentimentality, humour, satire and irony These stories centre on questions of women s integrity, courage and privation explore the idea of masculinity and dramatise the relationship between rural New England and modern culture and commerce AlA collection that shows Freeman s many modes romantic, gothic, and psychologically symbolic as well as her use of pathos and sentimentality, humour, satire and irony These stories centre on questions of women s integrity, courage and privation explore the idea of masculinity and dramatise the relationship between rural New England and modern culture and commerce Also included here is The Jamesons , a series of sketches about village life reprinted for the first time since the turn of the 20th century.

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      • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sandra A. Zagarell

        She was born in Randolph, Massachusetts, and attended Mount Holyoke College then, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for one year, from 1870 71 Freeman s parents were orthodox Congregationalists, causing her to have a very strict childhood 1 Religious constraints play a key role in some of her works She later finished her education at West Brattleboro Seminary She passed the greater part of her life in Massachusetts and Vermont.Freeman began writing stories and verse for children while still a teenager to help support her family and was quickly successful Her best known work was written in the 1880s and 1890s while she lived in Randolph She produced than two dozen volumes of published short stories and novels She is best known for two collections of stories, A Humble Romance and Other Stories 1887 and A New England Nun and Other Stories 1891 Her stories deal mostly with New England life and are among the best of their kind Freeman is also remembered for her novel Pembroke 1894 , and she contributed a notable chapter to the collaborative novel The Whole Family 1908 In 1902 she married Dr Charles M Freeman of Metuchen, New Jersey.In April 1926, Freeman became the first recipient of the William Dean Howells Medal for Distinction in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters She died in Metuchen and was interred in Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.


    1. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman mined the same territory in her native rural New England, for the stuff of short fiction, as her fellow regional Realist author Sarah Orne Jewett. Although Freeman made a point not to read Jewett's work, to keep from being unduly influenced, the two women share a deep sympathy for the people they wrote about, keen observation of human nature and an ear for dialogue, and a moral vision, as well as a literary school of thought and a common regional identity. Both were, IMO, [...]

    2. 20 SEP 2015 - free download of author's page at Project Gutenberg. This title is not specifically named; however, A New England Nun may likely be contained within the short story collections. (Edit: It is not in any of the collections. Please see the other links provided herein.)Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman - gutenberg/ebooks/searcA New England Nun may be found here - archive/details/anewenglaMay be read online here - fullreads/literature/a-new(About 6 pages in a very easy-to-read format). I lov [...]

    3. I really only thought the first and last stories were worth reading. (I read some of the others , but skimmed alot of the rest.) A New England Nun and The Revolt of Mother were 4 star stories.

    4. March 2013A selection of New England stories from Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, a regional writer and contemporary of Sarah Orne Jewett, who achieved popularity (and some celebrity) in a long career around the turn of the twentieth century. Her work is much harder to find these days, at least in print (although much of her work is available online here), but I came across three of her stories last year in various anthologies and decided to look for more. And here it is. Good ol' Penguin Classics [...]

    5. I've only read the title story, but I'm going to mark this as "read" for now. I did download the e-book of the entire collection, so I may revisit the rest as a whole someday.I enjoyed this pretty well. I tend to like the mini-genre of fiction by 19th-century women that functions as proto-feminist, and I think the thing I actually like about them the most are how complicated they are to a feminist reading. Because, so often, they fail us a little, too.This story is certainly one of an independen [...]

    6. Mary Wilkins Freeman’s story of a woman who weighs the benefits and drawbacks of married life in 1890s New England and chooses a life of solitude. The story centers around Louisa Ellis, who lives a peaceful life by herself. She cherishes her delicate daily rituals, her solitude, her independence. When her fiancé, Joe Dagget, returns from Australia with a fortune, fourteen years after last having seen her, Louisa is hesitant to give up the pleasant life she has led since his departure. She dre [...]

    7. As far as late-1800s American literature goes, I found this title to be sort of drab (but perhaps that's just because I read it right after Bret Harte's The Luck of Roaring Camp, which set the bar pretty high). While my anthology's introduction was accurate in saying that Wilkins Freeman provides detailed depictions of real New England life during this time period, I was unconvinced by the perfectionist character of Louisa.Additionally, it seemed that the character development overall was shallo [...]

    8. Love this book. Written by a spinster (a term from her day) about mostly middle-aged and older women, who stay at home or who are forced to live with a brother or other male relative, and who often have a talent or ability they can not easily express in their little rural or semi-rural town and yet I loved it.I imagined Emily Dickinson in the title role of some of the stories, as honestly, even in the present day of more choice and freedom I know very few women my age (middle-aged) who aren't or [...]

    9. I love this book. This collection of short stories seems modest in its narratives about the lives of mainly New England women who live in small rural villages and towns during the 1800's but each story is so epic, so well-written, so witty, that makes this book one of the best reads experienced. Some stories are so shocking, especially since I never thought of connecting certain issues with these characters. For instance, I started to read "Old Woman Magoun" and as is Freeman's common style of h [...]

    10. I tend to think Mary Wilkins' early stories are her best -- "A New England Nun" is rightly regarded as her best, but a number of the preceding stories in this volume come close. "The Jamesons" is also good, particularly as a satire of the ethnographic participant-observer that so often narrates regional fiction (in this regard, The Jamesons belongs alongside Mary Murfree's novel In the Stranger People's Country). But on the whole I find Wilkins a bit less worthy of the attention as a top-tier re [...]

    11. So, I only read "A New England Nun" in an anthology for class but I really enjoyed it. Many critics feel strongly against stories such as this, but, maybe it is because I am a woman, I love the details of an ordinary day, and I love hearing the internal thought life of a character. For me, Louisa's tale was an interesting one that captured my full attention the whole time, wondering what she'd do next. As a homebody myself (not to her extreme, though), I can relate to her fears. A pleasant read [...]

    12. (Only read "A New England Nun")A very beautiful story of a woman leading a modest, quiet life confronted by indecision as her wedding day approaches. Should she risk her firmly established tranquil state of living by uprooting to live with a man to whom she's been engaged for nearly a decade?Truly poignant, with a writing style that deviates from its otherwise dull, laborious contemporaries, to create something seemingly ahead of its time.

    13. I didn't really read this whole book, just the title story and in another collection of short stories. Sill, the short story was so good that I had to write about it. WOW!!! A New England Nun was perfection in short story form. I am going to try to get ahold of this book so I can read more of Mary Freeman's work.

    14. I really enjoyed this story. It was surprising that it ended the way it did because in the era women had their place and it was to be married and taking care of the home so when she didn't do that it surprised me.

    15. Excellent!! A triumph!! Delightfully relatable, even after all these years since publication. My favorite of this 19th Century American Women Writers course so far.

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