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A Country Doctor (novel)

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Language  English
Originally published  1884
Genre  Fiction
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Publication date  1884
Author  Sarah Orne Jewett
Country  United States of America
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A Country Doctor is a novel by American author Sarah Orne Jewett. The book, which was first published in 1884, was based on the relationship between Jewett and her physician father. The main character of A Country Doctor, Nan, is a young woman that encounters much strife when she decides to go against the traditional values of the day and become a doctor.

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The work has been compared to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward's Doctor Zay, which also depicted a woman seeking a medical career in the late 1800s.

The book has been listed as an example of the shift in the perception of the role of women in society, with the main character of Nan choosing to pursue her career in medicine rather than a marriage and family.

Themes addressed in A Country Doctor include the difficulty of meshing together the past and the future. The role of women in society, the eschewing of traditional roles and gender conventions, and whether or not it is possible for a woman to choose both a family and a career is also brought up as a theme in the novel. There is also reference within the book to the idea that "all people, regardless of sex, receive individual vocational calls".

References

A Country Doctor (novel) Wikipedia


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