Dorothy Wickenden

discusses

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

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
1
Tuesday
May 1, 2012
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome executive editor of The New Yorker DOROTHY WICKENDEN for a discussion of her new book, Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.

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
Dorothy Wickenden

Dorothy Wickenden

Dorothy Wickenden has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She joined the magazine as managing editor in 1995. She is also the moderator of The New Yorker's weekly podcast, "The Political Scene." Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995. Before that, she spent fifteen years at The New Republic, as managing editor and later as executive editor. She edited The New Republic Reader: 80 Years of Opinion and Debate, Wickenden has written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and The Wilson Quarterly. 

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