14 July 2017


And in this photograph  Dorothy Canfield Fisher is probably 70. We at Persephone Books love and revere her, and her work, and shall be reprinting another of her novels in the near future. But a kind reader from Minnesota wrote and told us that she is being punished retrospectively for not anticipating C21st political correctness, here. In fact you could not have had a kinder, more compassionate, more tolerant and good person than Dorothy Canfield Fisher. It is terrifying to think that what one writes in all innocence in 1937 or 2017 might be deemed critical or unkind or intolerant in a hundred years. But that is the way of the world and the great Dorothy Canfield Fisher would have been wise and understanding about it.