The bent twig / by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958

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Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958
Young women - Middle West - Fiction.; Middle West - Fiction.; Domestic fiction.
"Unlike other young women of her generation, who were "bred up from childhood to sit behind tea-tables and say the right things to tea-drinkers," Sylvia Marshall - the "twig" of this novel - was reared to think for herself and to trust her own instincts and experience. This, coupled with her passionate temperament, makes Sylvia a compelling figure as she resists efforts to mold her with every rebellious fiber of her independent nature."--BOOK JACKET. "Sylvia's home is a Montessori home, where everyone takes part in household tasks, and the children learn by being included in adult activities. Without making a show of being different, her father, a popular professor at the midwest state university in La Chance, lives the life of the mind in a rambling farmhouse instead of on faculty row among his upwardly mobile colleagues; her mother's wardrobe is more suited to canning tomatoes than to impressing the sophisticated "town set.""--BOOK JACKET. "Although Sylvia adapts outwardly to her parents' values, inwardly she suffers because of her family's difference from both town and university standards. A dazzling occasional presence in her life is the flamboyant Aunt Victoria, who keeps a mansion in Lydford, Vermont, and an apartment in Paris. Sylvia responds to such luxury, and her attempts to evade moral questions concerning the distribution of wealth lend a human aspect to a social dilemma."--BOOK JACKET. "First published in 1915, The Bent Twig is the first of Dorothy Canfield's novels to give fictional form to the Montessori method and to reflect the insights into education and human development that she gained in Rome while visiting Maria Montessori. The novel's concerns with gender roles, race relations, substance abuse, the environment, and the welfare of children remain contemporary and still speak to us across the years."--BOOK JACKET.
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