Search - List of Books by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
"Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature ." -- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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 was named by Eleanor Roosevelt as one of the ten most influential women in the United States. Dorothy Canfield brought the Montessori method of child-rearing to the United States, presided over the country's first adult education program, and shaped literary tastes by serving as a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee from 1925 to 1951.
Total Books: 169
Her best-known work today is probably Understood Betsy, a children's book about a little orphaned girl who is sent to live with her cousins in Vermont. Though the book can be read purely for pleasure, it also describes a schoolhouse which is run much in the style of the Montessori method, for which Canfield was one of the first and most vocal advocates. Dorothy Canfield wrote an adult novel, The Home-Maker (1924), which was reprinted by Persephone Books in 1999.