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Early Stories of Dorothy Canfield
Long before American author Dorothy Canfield (l879-1958) won popularity and international acclaim with novels and short stories about social problems, she was writing essays and short stories in school notebooks. These early writings were never published but were kept in the archives of the University of Vermont.
For scholars of American literature the early stories are important as foreshadowing of the mature authorís narrative skill. For the general reader they are charming little sketches from the various environments that contributed a rich and diverse background to the experience of the mature author.
Two narratives come from the years Dorothy spent in Paris with her artist mother Flavia Canfield. Two others are from rural Vermont, where Dorothy spent childhood summers with her fatherís relatives. One is built on an early awareness of the human problems often hidden in larger historical events, in this case the American Civil War.
Critical material by Canfield biographer Ida H. Washington sets the stories in their historical and biographical context.
Publication date: 2000