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A White Heron Summary
Sarah Orne Jewett

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A White Heron Summary


When "A White Heron" appeared in 1886 as the title story in Sarah Orne Jewett's collection A White Heron and Other Stories, the author was already established as one of the finest local color writers the United States had produced. This was Jewett's eighth published book, and she had enough influ-ence with her publisher, Houghton, Mifflin, to open the book with the story, although it had already been rejected by the Atlantic Monthly magazine as too sentimental and romantic. Jewett's instincts, in this case, were right. The story of a young forest-dwelling girl who must choose whether or not to tell a handsome young hunter the secret of where the rare white heron has its nest was immediately recognized by critics as a treasure; it has since become the most admired and most widely anthologized of Jewett's nearly 150 short stories. While some critics have faulted the story for its shifts...

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