Alice Brown, the last of the New England local color writers
Marsden, Dorothy Elizabeth
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Therefore the local color story found quick reception after the Civil War by writers who used this medium to keep alive the sectional appeal aroused by the war. The South as it struggled back to its feet, the West as it beckoned to the restless young nen, the East as it lost its hitherto firm grip on the economic and political affairs of the country, all offered excellent material for stories of locale. And while other writers were intent upon depicting their particular territory, Miss Brown and her New England colleagues in the short story field drew upon the vast reservoir of the northeastern section of the country for their tales. The people about whom they wove their stories had been subjected to environmental circumstances that left an indelible mark on their souls. The warped, twisted lives that are seen in these stories of Miss Jewett, Mrs. Freeman, and in modification in those of Miss Brown, are not purely imaginary; they are the result of personal observation on the part of these three women vho had lived among such people, who had taken part in their daily routine, and who, most important of all, sympathized with them in their blighted lives, and tried to interpret their eccentricities to readers to whom such people and such mannerisms were alien.
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