Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

April 24, 2012|
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden
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From the author of The Agitators, the acclaimed and captivating true story of two restless society girls who left their affluent lives to “rough it” as teachers in the wilds of Colorado in 1916.

In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, bored by society luncheons, charity work, and the effete men who courted them, left their families in Auburn, New York, to teach school in the wilds of northwestern Colorado. They lived with a family of homesteaders in the Elkhead Mountains and rode to school on horseback, often in blinding blizzards. Their students walked or skied, in tattered clothes and shoes tied together with string. The young cattle rancher who had lured them west, Ferry Carpenter, had promised them the adventure of a lifetime. He hadn’t let on that they would be considered dazzling prospective brides for the locals.

Nearly a hundred years later, Dorothy Wickenden, the granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff, found the teachers’ buoyant letters home, which captured the voices of the pioneer women, the children, and other unforgettable people the women got to know. In reconstructing their journey, Wickenden has created an exhilarating saga about two intrepid women and the “settling up” of the West.
Dorothy Wickenden is the author of Nothing Daunted and The Agitators and has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast The Political Scene. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs edi...
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Title:Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:320 pages, 8.44 X 5.5 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.44 X 5.5 X 0.8 in
Published:April 24, 2012
Publisher:Scribner
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781439176597

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