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[250] with an austere physical and moral beauty. Miss Jewett preferred to touch graciously the sunnier slopes of this provincial temperament, to linger in its ancient dignities and serenities. Miss Brown has shown the pathos of its thwarted desires, its hunger for a beauty and a happiness denied. Mary Wilkins Freeman revealed its fundamental tragedies of will.

Two of the best known writers of New England fiction in this period were not natives of the soil, though they surpassed most native New Englanders in their understanding of the type. They were William Dean Howells and Henry James. Mr. Howells, who, in his own words, “can reasonably suppose that it is because of the mixture of Welsh, German, and Irish in me that I feel myself so typically American,” came to “the Holy Land at Boston” as a “passionate pilgrim from the West.” A boy's town, My literary passions, and Years of my youth make clear the image of the young poet-journalist who returned from his four years in Venice and became assistant editor of The Atlantic monthly in 1866. In 1871 he succeeded Fields in the editorship, but it was not until after his resignation in 1881 that he could put his full strength into those realistic novels of contemporary

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