“LITTLE did I suspect what I was grooming myself for when I used to sit up straight at table and eat my spinach like a good girl. I thought I was minding my Ps and Qs and my mother so I could have my dessert. But, actually, what I was unwittingly doing was nourishing my blood and sinew and building the Body Beautiful for sacrifice on the altar of Pedagogy. So help me—in my dewy innocence, I was growing up to be a schoolteacher…”
In Snips and Snails, first published in 1953, the author of the hilarious bestseller Out on a Limb, Louise Baker, finds herself in an even more precarious position as teacher, “mother,” and town marshal at a boy’s school…
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About the Author
Born in 1909 in Ohio, at the age of eight she lost her right leg in car accident and subsequently became a uniped. In spite of her handicap, Louise Baker managed to roller skate, swim, play tennis, travel to Europe alone, and to become a newspaper reporter, press agent and teacher at a private school for boys in Arizona.
Her triumphs over adversity were immortalized in her writings, including her humorous autobiographical reminiscences in “Out On A Limb” (1946), as well as her account of her term as first lady in a wealthy boys’ school in Arizona, “Snips and Snails” (1953).
Her teaching experiences were also the heart of her book “Her Twelve Men” (1954), which in turn became the basis for the 1954 MGM comedy drama film of the same name, starring Greer Garson and Robert Ryan and directed by Robert Z. Leonard, who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director for “The Divorcee” (1930) and “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936).
Ms. Baker’s first book, “Party Line” (1945), which centers around the personality of a small Californian town’s telephone switchboard operator, Miss Elmira Jordan, was also successful and established her writing career.
Louise Baker passed away in Rancho Santa Fe, California in 1981 at the age of 72.