Dorothy Canfield Fisher Autograph

Dorothy Canfield Fisher was born February 17, 1879 – died November 9, 1958. Fisher 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 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. 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. The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award, named after her, is a unique award for new American children’s books, as the winner is chosen by the vote of child readers.


Original Dorothy Canfield Fisher Autograph, Signed on a Fly Leaf. (Each corner of the Fly Leaf has been trimmed on an angle). Approx. size 4 x 6 inches. Regular Price – $ 60.00 / Sale Price – $ 38.95.

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