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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 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)
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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.

Understood Betsy (Author) 2,587 copies, 26 reviews
Paul Revere and the Minute Men 400 copies, 2 reviews
The Home-Maker 390 copies, 15 reviews
The Brimming Cup 125 copies, 3 reviews
Seasoned Timber 116 copies, 3 reviews
The Deepening Stream 73 copies, 1 review
Her Son's Wife 68 copies, 2 reviews
The Bent Twig 65 copies, 4 reviews
Rough-Hewn 35 copies, 3 reviews
Home Fires in France 28 copies, 1 review
The Bedquilt and Other Stories 22 copies, 1 review
The Squirrel-Cage 19 copies, 1 review
Hillsboro People 16 copies, 1 review
Bonfire 14 copies
Montessori for Parents 12 copies, 1 review
Raw Material 12 copies
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Native Son (Introduction, some editions) 7,184 copies, 94 reviews
Black Boy (Introduction, some editions) 4,774 copies, 65 reviews
Seven Gothic Tales (Introduction, some editions) 2,223 copies, 29 reviews
Norman Rockwell, Illustrator (Preface) 559 copies, 4 reviews
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Let me show you Vermont (Introduction) 11 copies
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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).
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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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