Sarah Orne Jewett House

1886 A White Heron

Arguably Jewett’s most popular work with contemporary audiences, Jewett’s seemingly simple and plain-spoken tale has inspired a wide range of literary scholarship on themes from local color to sexual symbolism. The story was first rejected by William Dean Howells at The Atlantic Monthly for being too sentimental, but Jewett cared for the story and persevered, building a collection around it.