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30 June 2021

One of the fascinating things about Dorothy Canfield Fisher is her university career – at the end of the nineteenth century! This photograph in the Ohio State University Yearbook shows her in 1899 when she was 20. (She was born in 1879, six weeks after E M Forster, whom she resembles in so many ways.) Her education was partly due to her father being chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – here she did post-graduate work.There is an entry from the diary of the WW1 general John J Pershing online here: 'June 21 1917 Breakfasted at the  Crillon [in Paris] with Dorothy Canfield.' He had taught her at Lincoln. And she was then living in France doing war work, a period of her life so beautifully evoked in The Deepening Stream

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