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Dorothy Canfield Fisher, the prolific author of more than forty books, including translations, juveniles, and nonfiction, as well as novels and short-story collections, was one of the most popular and engaging American writers of the first half of the twentieth century. Although her work has been unduly neglected for several decades, it is currently enjoying a revival of c ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 6th 1997 by University of Missouri
(first published 1995)
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I ordered this book from my favorite used book site (www.betterworldbooks.com) because I recently read The Home-Maker, also by this author. (more about that in another review). This collection of short stories is AMAZING. I can't believe I have never heard of this author. She died in 1958 and was very prolific and popular. How glad I am I discovered her now. These stories are true to "short" -- most of them are quite brief. But they are so beautifully written and so touching. Three of them are m ...more
With one exception ("An American Citizen"), all the stories in this volume are drawn from Dorothy Canfield Fisher's last published collection, A Harvest of Stories: From a Half Century of Writing. That one story is of interest, in that it directly addresses race and social injustice, but the subject is a bit clumsily handled. Those just wanting to enjoy Canfield Fisher's fiction would do better to seek out the older collection, which is much thicker and will last them longer.
Very well-written, engaging stories that are thought provoking and poignant in their study of human emotion in distressing situations. I was drawn to this author knowing that she was born in my home state of Kansas, although she moved early in her life to Vermont and adopted that state as her onwn.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (February 17, 1879 – November 9, 1958) was an educational reformer, social activist, and best-selling American author in the early decades of the twentieth century. She strongly supported women's rights, racial equality, and lifelong education. Eleanor Roosevelt named her one of the ten most influential women in the United States. In addition to bringing the Montessori meth ...moreMore about Dorothy Canfield Fisher...