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Seasoned Timber (Paperback, New edition): Dorothy Canfield

Seasoned Timber (Paperback, New edition)

Dorothy Canfield

Series: Hardscrabble Classics

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Vermont to its core, and showing once again Dorothy Canfield's shrewd understanding of village psychology. Each character is individual, not merely a type, and in the conflict precipitated by a bequest with a string attached, the fundamentals of Yankee tradition are sharply etched. The story revolves around the principal of the small-town Academy Timothy Hulme, with his tender protective love for his old aunt, his inarticulate love for young Susan, his idealistic passion for independent thought and action. A completely American book, in which world problems are seen through the wrong end of the opera glass, in miniature. Here is an author who has the gift for telling a homely story with such a sense of humanity that she gives it deep significance. A book for sure sales and rentals. (Kirkus Reviews)
"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.


Imprint: University Press of New England
Country of origin: United States
Series: Hardscrabble Classics
Release date: February 1996
First published: February 1996
Authors: Dorothy Canfield
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 513
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-87451-753-8
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Special features > Short stories
LSN: 0-87451-753-2
Barcode: 9780874517538

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