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 ...
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. 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 a faculty row among his upwardly mobile colleagues; her mother's wardrobe is more suited to canning tomatoes than to impressing sophisticated town set. 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. 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."
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Near Fine. 0821411853. Large paperback, first printing of this edition (as indicated by the publisher's "1" in the number line on copyright page), covers have a slight upward curl, else excellent condition, "the first of Dorothy Canfield's novels to give fictional form to the Montessori method.., " with an introduction by Ida H. Washington.
New. 0821411853 Ohio University Press; NY, 1997. Trade paperback. New and in-stock, in factory shrink. 8vo[octavo or aprx 6 x 9], 416pp. We pack securely and ship daily w/delivery confirmation on every book. The picture on the listing page is of the actual book for sale. Additional Scan(s) are available for any item, please inquire.
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