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10 February 2107


We have had Dorothy Canfield Fisher on the Post several times before: this photograph will be familiar to all Persephone readers. Trump would definitely have thought her’ nasty’: she would have persisted and indeed did persist. This is from Wikipedia: ‘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… She engaged in social activism in many aspects of education and politics. She managed America’s first adult education program. She did war-relief work in 1917 in France, establishing the Bidart Home for Children for refugees and organizing an effort to print books in Braille for blinded combat veterans. In 1919, she was appointed to the State Board of Education of Vermont to help improve rural public education. She spent years promoting education and rehabilitation/reform in prisons, especially women’s prisons.  After the war, she was the head of the U.S. committee that led to the pardoning of conscientious objectors in 1921.’ And yet through all this she was a superb novelist! Please please read The Home-Maker if you have not done so. We plan a second DCF novel, suggestions as to which novel gratefully received.

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