A CHILD WENT FORTH by Helen McKnight Doyle


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This book appeared in 1934, and failed to reach to market it should have found. Now with a Junior Guild adoption for April, it stands a chance of going over... Dr. Doyle tells her own story, a slice out of the heart of American life. A childhood spent partly on a farm in New York state, near the Canadian line, while her father hunted gold in the Far West; then sad years in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she and her mother worked in a corset factory;then an interim, after her mother's death, living first with one relative, then another, going from New York to the Dakota plains and a sod house; finally, sent for by her father to join him on the Coast. Those were the days of the Vigilantes in the mushroom growth of San Francisco, the days of the Gold Coast and the Comstock Lode and the Bonanza Kings. Pioneer by instinct, she went ahead against odds and took her medical degree, and with a doctor husband, blazed new trails for women. The scene changes with changing America -- from the /O's to the present. A book that should be of particular interest to public libraries for the marginal book. Women's autobiographies for girls are rare, and this one is a find.

Publisher: Gotham House