Item description for Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own (Garnet Books) by Laurie Lisle...
Westover, a girls' school in Middlebury, Connecticut, was founded in 1909 by emancipated "New Women," educator Mary Hillard and architect Theodate Pope Riddle. Landscape designer Beatrix Farrand did the plantings. It has evolved from a finishing school for the Protestant elite, including F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love, to a meritocracy for pupils of many religions and races from all over the world. The fascinating account of the ups and downs of this female community is the subject of Laurie Lisle's lively and well-researched book. The author describes the innovations of the idealistic minister's daughter who founded the school in 1909, her intellectual successor who turned it into a college preparatory school in the 1930s, the quiet headmaster who managed to keep it open during the turbulent 1970s, and the prize-winning mathematics teacher, wife, and mother who leads the high school today. This beautifully illustrated book tells an important story about female education during decades of dramatic change in America.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7" Height: 1.2"
Release Date Feb 28, 2009
ISBN 0819568864 ISBN13 9780819568861
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More About Laurie Lisle
In addition to Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, Laurie Lisle is the author of two books: Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness and Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life. She lectures widely on O'Keeffe and writes essays, articles and book reviews for various publications. Lisle lives with her husband in northwestern Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.
Laurie Lisle currently resides in Westchester County, in the state of New York.
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Giving Girls A Great Place Of Their Own Apr 30, 2009
This visually stunning, beautifully written book combines diligent research, descriptive acumen, and an anecdotal style that vividly and unsparingly brings the people and places in the school's history to life on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. While nominally about one particular educational facility for girls from 9th to 12th grade, the school's founding, and ongoing, principles, interwoven throughout the narrative, speak to a much wider audience than the core Westover community. The author's enumeration of the school's guiding philosophy, ethics, and high academic standards make this book an important resource for educators, historians, and anyone anywhere who is interested in seeing how to achieve, maintain, and/or have their daughter attend a superior educational facility that attracts worthy students from many diverse backgrounds. In a time of diminishing standards, this book is a beacon for how to do it right. It is also a wonderfully interesting, at times humorous, work that merits a broad spectrum of readers.
(Full disclosure: Although an alumna of Westover, I am also a rigorous editor who doesn't hesitate to pounce on a book's weaknesses and flaws when necessary.)