by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Written in 1924, The Home-Maker was seen as radical, so totally does it challenge the preconceived notions of gender roles. Perhaps less shocking today, it is no less thought provoking. Canfield Fisher plants her protagonists in the stifling world of small-town New England, where the bread-winning father’s misery in his job is equalled only by the unhappiness of his perfectionist, house-bound wife. An accident forces role reversal and life, especially that of the children, flourishes. Rather than a sentimental fairy tale, it is a carefully honed reflection on child psychology and a paean to the Montessori methods of child rearing.
Based in Bloomsbury, Persephone Publishing was established in 1999 to reprint brilliant books written by neglected authors, mainly from the 20th Century. Named after the powerful Greek goddess Persephone, who ruled the underworld with Hades, the slant of the imprint is, as you might suspect, towards female authors, but not exclusively. Due to the remarkable titles that have reappeared, Persephone Publishing has acquired a reputation for selecting books that are, very simply, marvellous to read. Not dauntingly intellectual, these are beautifully written stories that have resurfaced after the hardest test of all – time.
Dimensions: H:19cm, W:14cm
Integral jacket with flaps and printed endpapers