I read about Sarah Orne Jewett in my daily email from: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/
It's the birthday of Sarah Orne Jewett, (books by this author) born in 1849 in South Berwick, Maine. She wrote stories about the ships and fisherman of the coastal villages in 19th-century Maine. Her best-known book is the short novel The Country of the Pointed Furs.
The writings of Sarah Orne Jewett are now considered by many scholars to be very early lesbian literature. Her novels were heavily focused on female bonds and companionships. She lived for most of her adult life with Annie Adams Fields, who was 15 years her senior and a big part of the Boston literary scene at the time.
Sarah Orne Jewett said, "God would not give us the same talent if what were right for men were wrong for women." -Writer's Almanac for Friday, September 9th, 2010.