• Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher
ISBN: 0826208843
EAN13: 9780826208842
Language: English
Release Date: May 1, 1993
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.39" H x 9.59" L x 6.47" W
Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Eleanor Roosevelt called her one of the most influential women in America. Among the earliest and most assertive members of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee, Dorothy Canfield Fisher helped define literary taste in America for more than three decades. She helped shape the careers of such great writers as Pearl Buck, Isak Dinesen, and Richard Wright. A best-selling author herself, Fisher was also a deeply committed social activist. In Keeping Fires Night and Day, Mark J. Madigan collects much of Fisher's copious correspondence. With letters to Willa Cather, W.E.B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Margaret Mead, James Thurber, and E.B. White, he documents Fisher's personal and professional life and career in a way that no biography could. Set against the American historical and cultural landscape from 1900 to 1958, these letters offer a firsthand account of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable women.

While Fisher's novels treated such conventional subjects as marriage and domestic life, her own life was anything but conventional. When her best-selling novels made her the chief breadwinner in her marriage, her husband, John Fisher, quietly assumed the role of secretary and editor of her work. Fluent in five languages, Dorothy Canfield Fisher founded a Braille press in France and introduced the educational methods of Dr. Maria Read More chevron_right

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