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Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879–1958)

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Author Dorothy Canfield Fisher was born in Lawrence, Kansas on February 17, 1879. She received a Ph.D. in romance languages from Columbia University in 1904. She wrote novels, short stories, children's books, educational works, and memoirs. In 1912, she met Maria Montessori in Italy and was so vis mere impressed by the educator's theories that she wrote A Montessori Mother, The Montessori Manual, and Mothers and Children. She worked for many environmental, children's and education causes in the 1940s and 1950s. She died in Arlington, Vermont on November 9, 1958. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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(eng) This author's works of fiction were under her birth name, Dorothy Canfield; works of non-fiction were published under her married name, Dorothy Canfield Fisher.

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Værker af Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Understood Betsy (1916) — Forfatter — 2,954 eksemplarer
The Home-Maker (1924) 422 eksemplarer
The Brimming Cup (1919) 133 eksemplarer
Seasoned Timber (1939) 124 eksemplarer
The Deepening Stream (1930) 83 eksemplarer
Her Son's Wife (1926) 73 eksemplarer
The Bent Twig (1915) 69 eksemplarer
Rough-Hewn (1922) 39 eksemplarer
Home Fires in France (1918) 29 eksemplarer
The Bedquilt and Other Stories (1996) 22 eksemplarer
The Squirrel-Cage (1912) 19 eksemplarer
Hillsboro People (2011) 17 eksemplarer
Montessori for Parents (1965) 14 eksemplarer
Bonfire (1933) 14 eksemplarer
Raw Material (1923) 12 eksemplarer
The Day of Glory (1919) 8 eksemplarer
Four-Square (1947) 7 eksemplarer
Fables for Parents (1937) 7 eksemplarer
Basque People (1931) 6 eksemplarer
Memories of Arlington, Vermont (1957) 6 eksemplarer
Made-to-Order Stories (1921) — Forfatter — 5 eksemplarer
Why stop learning? 4 eksemplarer
Mothers and Children (1914) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
American Portraits (1946) — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
The Real Motive (1916) — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Our Young Folks (1943) — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Self-Reliance (1916) — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Montesoriska Motina 2 eksemplarer
Montessori Mother (2014) 1 eksemplar
Aces 1 eksemplar
To School and Home Again (1940) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Native Son (1940) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver7,633 eksemplarer
Sort ungdom (1945) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver5,150 eksemplarer
Syv fantastiske fortællinger (1934) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver2,381 eksemplarer
Norman Rockwell, Illustrator (1946) — Preface — 634 eksemplarer
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Bidragyder — 291 eksemplarer
World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It (1918) — Bidragyder — 189 eksemplarer
Twenty Grand Short Stories (1967) — Introduktion; Bidragyder — 156 eksemplarer
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 06: Harvest of Holidays (1900) — Bidragyder — 152 eksemplarer
Prudence Crandall (1955) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver125 eksemplarer
The Persephone Book of Short Stories (2012) — Bidragyder — 119 eksemplarer
The Friendly Story Caravan (1949) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver95 eksemplarer
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Bidragyder — 56 eksemplarer
May Your Days Be Merry and Bright: Christmas Stories by Women (1988) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1943 (1943) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
The Experience of the American Woman (1978) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
Friendly Anecdotes (1950) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver44 eksemplarer
The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories (2019) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
The Seas of God: Great Stories of the Human Spirit (1944) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Open the Door (1965) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1944 (1944) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
American Heritage Magazine Vol 08 No 5 1957 August (1957) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Meditations for women (1946) — Introduktion — 12 eksemplarer
Let me show you Vermont (1937) — Introduktion — 11 eksemplarer
The best of the Best American short stories, 1915-1950 (1975) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Sturdy Oak: A Composite Novel (1917) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Homo faber; work through the ages (1958) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver6 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1948 (1948) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
The Word Lives On: A Treasury of Spiritual Fiction (1951) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Americans All: Stories of American Life To-Day (1971) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Uncle Lisha's Shop and A Danvis Pioneer — Introduktion — 2 eksemplarer
Aces: A Collection of Short Stories (1924) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
My Friend Flicka, The Apprentice, Old Ben — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Dynamo Farm: A 4-H Story — Forord — 1 eksemplar
Stories for girls — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Juridisk navn
Canfield, Dorothea Frances
Andre navne
Canfield, Dorothy (pen name)
USA (birth)
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Arlington, Vermont, USA
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Paris, France
Arlington, Vermont, USA
Ohio State University (BA ∙ 1899)
The Sorbonne, Paris, France
Columbia University (PhD ∙ 1904)
educational reformer
children's book author
social activist
Cather, Willa (friend)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 1931)
Book-of-the-Month Club
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
Kort biografi
Dorothea Frances Canfield was born in Lawrence, Kansas, to James Hulme Canfield, an educator, and Flavia Camp, an artist and writer. Her father became a professor at the University of Kansas and later chancellor of the University of Nebraska and president of Ohio State University. As a child, she spent much time visiting her mother's family in Vermont, which served as the setting for many of her books. At age 10, she spent a year in Paris while her mother studied art, and became fluent in French. She graduated from Ohio State University and went on to study Romance languages at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Columbia University, where she earned a doctoral degree. She co-wrote the textbook English Rhetoric and Composition (1906). In 1907, she married John Redwood Fisher, with whom she had two children. In 1911, after visiting the "children's houses" in Rome established by Maria Montessori, she endeavored to introduce the Montessori method in the USA. She translated Montessori's books into English. She and their children accompanied her husband to France when he volunteered to work with the U.S. Army ambulance service and as an officer with the Medical Corps during World War I. She worked to establish a Braille press for blinded war veterans and the Bidart home for refugee children. In 1918, she published a memoir, Home Fires in France. She also wrote 22 novels, plus short stories, educational works, and literary criticism. She was renowned for her support of women's rights and racial equality. See also The Lady from Vermont: Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Life and World by Elizabeth Yates (1971) and Dorothy Canfield Fisher – A Biography by Ida H. Washington (1982).
Oplysning om flertydighed
This author's works of fiction were under her birth name, Dorothy Canfield; works of non-fiction were published under her married name, Dorothy Canfield Fisher.



AMERICAN AUTHORS CHALLENGE--OCTOBER 2023--DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER i 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (oktober 2023)
Virago Monthly Reads: Feb 2018: Dorothy Canfield Fisher i Virago Modern Classics (marts 2018)
old kids book, city girl on a farm i Name that Book (oktober 2012)


betty_s | 18 andre anmeldelser | Oct 29, 2023 |
Dorothy Canfield Fisher turned gender roles upside down in this novel about a dysfunctional family, set in small-town America in the 1920s. Eva Knapp is the epitome of the devoted housewife of the time. While she loves her husband and children, she is driven by a sense of duty to keep the household running like clockwork, and has little time for expressions of affection. She is plagued by eczema, and nothing the doctor prescribes seems to improve it. Her husband, Lester, is a forlorn bookkeeper with a going-nowhere job in the local department store. He's miserable with indigestion whenever he eats anything. Nothing the doctor prescribes seems to improve it. Their oldest child, Helen, is a mouse...always trying and failing to meet her mother's expectations, nervous and frail. Eleven-year-old Henry has inherited his father's weak stomach, and is often ill. All manner of special preparations and diets have been prescribed, but nothing seems to improve his condition either. And Stephen, the toddler...well, he's simply unmanageable. Prone to temper tantrums, to hiding under the stairs clutching his beloved Teddy Bear, and always, always tracking dirt into his mother's clean house. His mother faintly hopes he will one day grow out of it. When Lester fails to get a promotion, it appears that near-poverty is to be the family's permanent condition. But then a freak accident (or an opportunity seized to escape it all) lands Lester on his back...crippled and confined to a wheelchair. Out of necessity Eva seeks a job, and finds one in the ladies' wear department of the store where Lester had been employed. Lester and the children set about learning to keep house in her stead. Subtle changes begin to set in. Lester and Helen find they can quite well manage meals with the help of "cookery" books. Stephen has fewer tantrums, and is seen smiling at his father. Eva takes satisfaction in turning her organizational skills to tasks more suited to her nature. The family spends evenings together, sharing stories of their days, and playing whist. Some dust gathers in corners, but Eva's eczema disappears, and Henry becomes a boy who eats store-bought cookies without dire consequences. Everyone is obviously healthier and happier with the new arrangement. It's all cleverly laid out, from multiple perspectives, including the childrens', a nosy neighbor's, and the department store owner's. My only quibble is that there comes a day when it appears that Lester may "get well"...his spinal injury has healed to the point where he may actually walk again, and no one knows how to handle this. God forbid they carry on with what's working so well for them...what would people SAY? And not even the adults can discuss this honestly with one another. The ending felt a bit contrived, and at the same time underdone. Still well worth reading for an early take on role reversal, and understanding what it takes to make a happy life.… (mere)
laytonwoman3rd | 18 andre anmeldelser | Oct 24, 2023 |
Reason read: AAC
I enjoyed discovering this author who wrote such charming stories. This one is a middle school reader and probably no longer fits our times but the points it makes about raising children to be responsible and caring children and a bit about education makes it still a good read even today.
Kristelh | 29 andre anmeldelser | Oct 13, 2023 |
Reason read: American author challenge, October 2023
This book published in 1924, set in small town America grapples with finding your place in the world. By an act of providence a family does just that.

I enjoyed the story and while it was unknown to me, I was able to find a copy and I felt it was still able to be appreciated though it explored the traditional family roles of working father, house keeping women, and dutiful children.

The traditional family no longer exists. Men and women are free to work at what ever they desire. It is still true that it is hard for some to find that happy place. I liked the ending but also felt it is questionable ending that promotes living a lie to hold on to happiness.… (mere)
Kristelh | 18 andre anmeldelser | Oct 9, 2023 |



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