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Westover
Giving Girls a Place of Their Own
Laurie Lisle



Garnet Books

Wesleyan
2009 • 324 pp. 50 illus. 7 x 9 1/4”
Education / Women's Studies


$29.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6886-1

$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-6966-0

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Deluxe slipcased edition has same ISBN.

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.

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“As a college freshman in the early ’50s, I sang in Red Hall (and have a vivid memory of the elegance of the acoustics, the architecture, and the audience) and have watched Westover march, stagger, and dance its way through almost six decades. This book is a sharp depiction of the journey of a noble school with an unusual sense of its mission.”—Donald H. Werner, executive secretary, The Headmasters Association“This book is a great read for anyone who is interested in the American history of girls&supl; education from the early 20th century to the present. For someone who graduated from Westover, this book is a must. It is the story of the school and the tale of the enormous dedication and effort of the women and men who made it happen. Tragedy, glory and a great future make this book hard to put down.”—Eunice S. Groark, former Connecticut Lieutenant Governor and Westover ’56

“A wonderful historical snapshot of a school with strong roots and strong women with energy, intellect, and a deep commitment to the education of girls. Westover's leadership remains true to its values and keeps pace with change.” —Meg Moulton, Executive Director, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools



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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.



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