The Bedquilt and Other Stories
By Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Edited, Intro, & Afterword by Mark J. Madigan
256 pages
6 x 9

Formats available:
Paperback   $30.00 SH
ISBN: 978-0-8262-1140-8

About the Book

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, the prolific author of more than forty books, including translations, juveniles, and nonfiction, as well as novels and short-story collections, was one of the most popular and engaging American writers of the first half of the twentieth century. Although her work has been unduly neglected for several decades, it is currently enjoying a revival of critical attention. This colorful collection ranges in subject from New Englanders to the Basques of France to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal rights. Through her stories, many of which received literary awards, Fisher examined the complexities of modern life in the United States and abroad.

In addition to her writing, Fisher had a lifelong involvement in charitable work and social causes--so much so that Eleanor Roosevelt called her one of the most influential women of her time. As one of the earliest and most assertive members of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee, Fisher helped define literary taste in America for more than two decades. Mark J. Madigan discusses Fisher's extraordinary life and work in an Introduction and Afterword.

Because of Fisher's rare ability to distinguish enduring concerns from merely topical issues, her work will provide lasting pleasure for generations of readers to come.


Mark J. Madigan is Assistant Professor of English at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York. He is the editor of Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher.


"At last, after the forty out-of-print years, this selection out of Dorothy Canfield Fisher's incomparable short fiction comes available, but for new readers the joy of discovery, the joy of revelation--marvel at the breadth, range, richness of yield. More: an introduction to the existence of this important American writer of stature whose achievement, meaning for us now—and beauty—have too long been scarcely known. In essential respects, Dorothy Canfield Fisher's work (and life), as revealed in Mark Madigan's superb introduction and afterword, are not dated. They speak directly to, of, our time, our needs, our central concerns. Joy and gratitude from those of us who have so long loved, been sustained and ever deepened by her and before had only our worn books, our Xeroxing to depend on in our passion to make her work known."—Tillie Olsen


Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in the Vi
Diana C. Archibald

The City of Refuge [New and Expanded Edition]
Rudolph Fisher, Edited & Intro by John McCluskey, Jr.

Keeping Fires Night and Day
Edited & Intro by Mark J. Madigan & Foreword by Clifton Fadiman

Writers of Conviction
Julia C. Ehrhardt

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