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"Nobody values anything for its endurance nowadays," T. C. Hulme, headmaster of the Clifford, Vermont Academy muses. Long devoted to the school and to his eccentric aunt, T. C. is increasingly aware that life is passing him by. His hopes are renewed when he falls in love with a new teacher 20 years his junior. But as Dorothy Canfield Fisher shows, neither love nor Academy life runs smooth.

A younger suitor steps in, and a rich, out-of-state trustee dies and leaves the Academy a million-dollar "gift" in his will. ...

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Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S.A. 1996 Paperback New 0874517532. FLAWLESS COPY, AVOID WEEKS OF DELAY ELSEWHERE. --clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or ... markings to the text. Read more Show Less

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"Nobody values anything for its endurance nowadays," T. C. Hulme, headmaster of the Clifford, Vermont Academy muses. Long devoted to the school and to his eccentric aunt, T. C. is increasingly aware that life is passing him by. His hopes are renewed when he falls in love with a new teacher 20 years his junior. But as Dorothy Canfield Fisher shows, neither love nor Academy life runs smooth.

A younger suitor steps in, and a rich, out-of-state trustee dies and leaves the Academy a million-dollar "gift" in his will. The codicils are troubling, however: Jews must be excluded, girls ousted, and local students squeezed out by a tuition hike. The affront to a Yankee sense of fair play is clear, but the school desperately needs funds. Thus T. C. and the town confront a struggle between the "old" virtues of tolerance, integrity, and civic responsibility and "modern" attitudes of expediency, exclusionism, and outside control.

Originally published in 1939, Fisher's last novel is remarkably prescient in its defense of human rights and the ramifications of their denial.

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"Thoughtful, very well written and showing a keen sense of relative values, the novel summarizes clearly and well many of the doubts and difficulties of this most doubtful and very difficult time." —New York Times
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In addition to being a respected author, Fisher was also an educational reformer, a social activist, and for 25 years a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee. First published in 1939, this was the last novel Fisher wrote about her native Vermont. It follows the difficulties faced by Clifford Academy headmaster T.C. Hulme after the academy is willed $1 million with the stipulation that Jews, girls, and locals must be squeezed out.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874517538
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 513
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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Named by Eleanor Roosevelt as one of the ten most influential women in the US, Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879 - 1958) brought the Montessori Method of child-rearing to America, presided over the country's first adult education program, and influenced American literary tastes as a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee from 1926 to 1951. A committed educational reformer and social activist, the popular Arlington, VT writer produced 22 works of fiction and 18 nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects.

Mark J. Madigan, who provides an introduction, teaches English at the University of Vermont and is editor of Fisher's The Bedquilt and Other Stories (1995) and Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1993).

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