A New-England Nun

A New-England Nun

And Other Stories

Written by: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Introduction by: Sandra Zagarell
Notes by: Sandra Zagarell

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140437393
  • 352 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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. 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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Table of Contents

A New England Nun and Other StoriesAcknowledgments
Introduction by Sandra A. Zagarell
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
A Moral Exigency
A Mistaken Charity
A New England Nun
A Poetess
The Revolt of “Mother”
The Jamesons
One Good Time
The Love of Parson Lord
The Parrot
The Lost Ghost
Old Woman Magoun
The Winning Lady
Dear Annie
The Amethyst Comb
A Retreat to the Goal
Explanatory Notes