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The Queen's Twin and Other Stories, 1899

by Sarah Orne Jewett

Contents

The Queen's Twin / Atlantic text
A Dunnet Shepherdess  / Atlantic text
Where's Nora?
Bold Words at the Bridge
Martha's Lady / Atlantic text
The Coon Dog / Century text
Aunt Cynthy Dallett / Harper's Bazar text
The Night before Thanksgiving

Reviews of The Queen's Twin
 

dedication

According to Richard Cary, Susan Burley Cabot (1822-1907) was a close friend of Jewett. Jewett spent part of each winter at the older woman's home. Cabot was married to the former mayor of Salem, MA, Joseph S. Cabot (Sarah Orne Jewett Letters p. 87).  In the 1907 codicil to her will, Jewett mentions a legacy from Susan B. Cabot.


Two Editions of The Queen's Twin

Confusion about the contents of The Queen's Twin was created in 1910, when Houghton Mifflin issued a 7-volume posthumous set of Jewett's writings.  In that set, Houghton moved "A Dunnet Shepherdess" into The Country of the Pointed Firs.  Having decided not to include Strangers and Wayfarers in the set, the editors drew one of the stronger stories from that volume, "By the Morning Boat," to fill out The Queen's Twin.  As a result, one may go to a library or to Google Books and find versions of The Queen's Twin with different contents.  Weber & Weber in A Bibliography of the Published Works of Sarah Orne Jewett explain these changes (pp. 20, 22-3).

    Weber & Weber also describe several variations in the appearance of this book.  There are covers of dark gray, light green, and yellow cloth, all with silver lettering and decoration.  And there is a version with green cloth and gold decorations.
    Weber & Weber (p. 20) explain that the cover decorations of this edition are by Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904), whom Richard Cary describes (in Sarah Orne Jewett Letters, p. 155) as one of the group of talented women with whom Jewett associated at the Charles Street home of Annie Fields in Boston. Whitman was a "professional designer of stained glass windows, a painter, and an illustrator of books." For Jewett, she also designed the covers of The King of Folly Island, Betty Leicester, and Strangers & Wayfarers. Whitman's initials appear on the cover within the small leaf beneath Jewett's name.

Contents of Distinct Printings



Internal Date: MDCCCXCIX -- olive green cover with silver print and decoration.
    Copyright 1899

The Queen's Twin
A Dunnet Shepherdess
Where's Nora?
Bold Words at the Bridge
Martha's Lady
The Coon Dog
Aunt Cynthy Dallett
The Night before Thanksgiving

WorldCat Description of this edition

The queen's twin and other stories /
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    [Boston] ; [New York] : [Houghton, Mifflin and Co.],
Year:    1899
Description:    3 preliminary leaves, 232 pages
Language:    English
Series:    Variation: Corefiche.; Short stories.; Phase 4 ;; 5619.
Contents:    The queen's twin -- A Dunnet shepherdess -- Where's Nora?--Bold words at the bridge -- Martha's lady -- The coon dog -- Aunt Cynthy Dallett -- The night before Thanksgiving.

Worldcat indicates that 18 libraries world-wide own a copy of this edition.

Internal Date: MDCCCC -- dark green cover with gold print and decoration

The Queen's Twin
A Dunnet Shepherdess
Where's Nora?
Bold Words at the Bridge
Martha's Lady
The Coon Dog
Aunt Cynthy Dallett
The Night before Thanksgiving

WorldCat Description of this edition

The queen's twin, and other stories,
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    Boston, New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Co.,
Year:    1900
Description:    [3] leaves, 232 pages, 1 leaf 18 cm
Language:    English
Contents:    The queen's twin.--A Dunnet shepherdess.--Where's Nora?--Bold words at the bridge.--Martha's lady.--The coon dog.--Aunt Cynthy Dallett.--The night before Thanksgiving.

Worldcat indicates that 22 libraries world-wide own a copy of this edition.

Internal date: MDCCCCI  bright green cover with gold print and decoration

The Queen's Twin
A Dunnet Shepherdess
Where's Nora?
Bold Words at the Bridge
Martha's Lady
The Coon Dog
Aunt Cynthy Dallett
The Night before Thanksgiving

WorldCat lacks a full description of this edition and indicates that only the Harvard University Library owns a copy, though the illustrations here are from another copy available at Northwestern College.


title

Title page of 1901 printing
Courtesy of the Ramaker Library of Northwestern College
in Orange City, Iowa


WorldCat Description of a 1910 edition

The queen's twin : and other stories /
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin,
Year:    1910, 1899
Description:    220 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Language:    English
Series:    Her [Stories and tales ;; 4];
Contents:    The queen's twin.--Where's Nora.--Bold words at the bridge.--Martha's lady.--The coon dog.--Aunt Cynthy Dallett.--The night before Thanksgiving.--By the morning boat.

Copyright 1890 and 1899
-- original cover not included with the Google books copy.
This appears to be the same book as the 1910 edition, though it is separately cataloged in the WorldCat database.

The Queen's Twin
Where's Nora?
Bold Words at the Bridge
Martha's Lady
The Coon Dog
Aunt Cynthy Dallett
The Night before Thanksgiving
By the Morning Boat

This edition includes an illustration at the front, Landing the Dory.  See this below.  It is odd in several ways, since it does not include "A Dunnet Shepherdess," which appears in nearly all subsequent printings, but does include "By the Morning Boat," which had already been collected in Strangers and Wayfarers (1890).

WorldCat Description of this edition

The queen's twin : and other stories /
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    Boston ; And New York : Houghton Mifflin Co. ; Cambridge : Riverside Press,
Year:    1899
Description:    [6], 220 pages : frontispiece ; 17 cm
Language:    English
Contents:    The queen's twin.--Where's Nora.--Bold words at the bridge.--Martha's lady.--The coon dog.--Aunt Cynthy Dallett.--The night before Thanksgiving.--By the morning boat.

Worldcat Description of London publication of this edition

The queen's twin, and other stories.
Author(s):    Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909.
Publication:    London, Constable; Boston, Houghton Mifflin
Year:    1899
Description:    220 pages illustrations
Language:    English
Contents:    The queen's twin.--Where's Nora?--Bold words at the bridge.--Martha's lady.--The coon dog.--Aunt Cynthy Dallett.--The night before Thanksgiving.--By the morning boat.


1899

1899 internal date, from Google Books


1900

1900 internal date, from Google Books

1900

1901 internal date Courtesy of the Ramaker Library of Northwestern College
 in Orange City, Iowa


sprine 1901

Spine of 1901 printing
Courtesy of the Ramaker Library of
Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa



dory

Landing the Dory from the 1890 and 1899 copyright printing.
Image from Google Books scan of a Stanford University library copy.
The illustrator's initials appear to be C.H.W.s.

Determining the Original Contents

    It appears that Jewett and Houghton, Mifflin remained undecided about the final contents until Jewett had completed and submitted "A Dunnet Shepherdess" to Atlantic, where it appeared in the December 1899 issue.  The official publication date, according to Weber & Weber was 22 November 1899, close to the time at which the December Atlantic would have appeared.
     The appearance of the book was timed to take advantage of the Christmas gift market in November and December of 1899.  That Houghton -- like most publishers -- were interested in exploiting this market is clear in the advertisement that appeared in Atlantic in July of 1899, which announced this volume as well as another Jewett story, Betty Leicester's English Christmas.  The ad says that the most interesting events of the latter story are "connected with the Christmas season, and they are delightfully described in the story Miss Jewett tells.  The book is brought out in an attractive style, and will be an unusually suitable holiday gift." The Queen's Twin finally included two seasonal stories, "The Night before Thanksgiving" and "Aunt Cynthy Dallett." The latter had appeared first under the title "The New-Year Guests" and was listed in the July ad as "On New Year's Day."

    Advertisements that appeared leading up to publication of The Queen's Twin indicate that until fairly late in the planning of the volume, "The Gray Mills of Farley" was to be included.  Even in December 1899, when the book went on sale, the contents list in Current Opinion remained incorrect.

Atlantic 84 (July 1899) p. 31.
This volume will contain the following stories:  The Queen's Twin; Where's Nora; Bold Words at the Bridge; Martha's Lady; The Coon Dog; On New Year's Day.

Publisher's Weekly 1444  (September 30, 1899) p. 524.
This volume will contain the following stories:  The Queen's Twin; Where's Nora; Bold Words at the Bridge; Martha's Lady; The Coon Dog;  Aunt Cynthy Dallet; The Gray Mill[s] of Farley, The Night before Thanksgiving.

Current Opinion 26:6 (December 1899) p. 507.
... The Queen's Twin, Where's Nora, Bold Words at the Bridge, Martha's Lady; The Coon Dog, Aunt Cynthy Dallet, The Gray Mill[s] of Farley, The Night Before Thanksgiving.


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