Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

A Country Doctor
Sarah Orne Jewett


A brilliant and ambitious woman is eager to establish her career as a doctor but is forced to choose between her occupation and married life. This timely tale presents an internal conflict facing women in the nineteenth century and beyond. Nan is a bright young woman who grows up under the tutelage of the widowed physician, Dr. Leslie. She became interested in medicine at an early age and decides to pursue it as an adult. Unfortunately, her desire to start a career goes against the social conventions of the day. Women are expected to prioritize marriage and children over any profession. Yet, Nan struggles to desert her goals to appease others. It’s a trying dilemma that pits her against her family, friends and local residents. A Country Doctor is a semi-autobiographical story influenced by the author’s personal path to independence. The novel explores the many limitations women encounter when attempting to establish a career. It’s a forward-thinking tale and source of encouragement for those seeking professional growth.

Paperback, 206pp
Mint Editions, 2021 (1884)
ISBN 9781513279824


SARAH ORNE JEWETT (1849-1909) was a prolific American author and poet from South Berwick, Maine. First published at the age of nineteen, Jewett started her career early, combining her love of nature with her literary talent. Known for vividly depicting coastal Maine settings, Jewett was a major figure in the American literary regionalism genre. Though she never married, Jewett lived and traveled with fellow writer Annie Adams Fields, who supported her in her literary endeavors.