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DOROTHEA CANFIELD FISHER was born in 1870 in Lawrence, Kansas. She lived in Nebraska from 1891-1895 while her father was chancellor of the university. Though it was not a very long time, it was long enough to a writing companion and lifelong friend in the young Willa Cather, with whom she co-wrote a story ("The Fear That Walks by Noonday"). Fisher earned a BA from Ohio State Uinversity in 1904 and a PhD in French from Columbia University. Over the course of a productive lifetime, she published more than forty books, including novels, short story collections, translations, juveniles, and non-ficton on a variety of subjects. Her sense of public service was strong. She organized the American Children's crusade to raise money for wounded World War II soldiers. When she died, in 1958, Robert Frost eulogized her, singling out for praise her literary work and her selfish service to others. Eleanor Roosevelt cited her as one of the most influential women of her time.

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