Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own (Garnet Books) (Hardcover)

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A century of girls' education in the history of an extraordinary school

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.

About the Author

LAURIE LISLE is a Westover alumna and the author of four books, including Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe (1980) and Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life (2005). She lives in Sharon, Connecticut.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780819568861
ISBN-10: 0819568864
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2009
Pages: 324
Language: English
Series: Garnet Books