Miss Bishop

Miss Bishop Ella Bishop came to college a healthy country bred girl alive to every fresh sensation with an infinite capacity for work love and understanding Her abundant energy and devotion to learning made

  • Title: Miss Bishop
  • Author: Bess Streeter Aldrich
  • ISBN: 9780803259096
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ella Bishop came to college a healthy, country bred girl, alive to every fresh sensation, with an infinite capacity for work, love, and understanding Her abundant energy and devotion to learning made her a superior student, then a gifted teacher But her smile concealed than one youthful tragedy, and tragedy did not stop with youth A 1941 movie, Cheers for Miss BishElla Bishop came to college a healthy, country bred girl, alive to every fresh sensation, with an infinite capacity for work, love, and understanding Her abundant energy and devotion to learning made her a superior student, then a gifted teacher But her smile concealed than one youthful tragedy, and tragedy did not stop with youth A 1941 movie, Cheers for Miss Bishop, was based on the novel.

    One thought on “Miss Bishop”

    1. A book meant to be about strength and selflessness, but the soap operatic weakness of most of the secondary characters overshadowed any motivational theme or enlightenment and instead highlighted the mantra that "life is hard and then you die" (except that right before you die you may have a brief, fleeting epiphany that all the sacrifice and heartache was really worth it in the sad, lonely end)!To be fair, I did learn to appreciate Miss Bishop and especially Sam, and one of my all time favorite [...]

    2. I've seen this author's books on the shelf all my life and never could be bothered. Picked this one up on a whim and quite liked it - a good old fashioned yarn - sort of character who would have been played by Olivia De Havilandwe don't have any of these old maids around any more, but every family used to have one, who would raise all the abandoned or orphaned children, and never be loved enough.

    3. I loved this book for several reasons. Miss Bishop lived by a set of values that are mocked today. I often think I was born a couple of generations too late, but I might be off that estimation by a couple more. I wish the story had continued through the rest of her life and not just to her retirement.

    4. Added 2/15/15. (I watched the film adaptation. Did not read the book.)I posted the following about the film at my GR group:=================================Today I streamed (via Prime) "Cheers for Miss Bishop" (1941) a film adaptation of the book, Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich.At first I thought the movie might be too "sappy" but it turned out to be a very appealing old film starring a lovely actress named Martha Scott. The film is filled with many truths about life's experiences, many n [...]

    5. At first I didn't like this book, but then my Mother pointed out the main character's (Miss Bishop!) selflessness, and I realized what a wonderful book it really was. This book seems really sad, but the events and circumstances are so interesting that you keep reading anyway. In the end (if I recall right) it is happy.If more women and girls would take on this selfless attitude, instead of "If I don't work hard I won't get to the top", or "If I don't take it then I won't get it", and just be hap [...]

    6. As a spinster freshman English teacher, I root for Miss Bishop. It's interesting to me how much of the teaching portions of the novel still feel relevant--some of these are conversations we're all still having about education. The ending of the novel left me crying and hoping that somewhere, I have students who remember me as fondly as Ella Bishop's students remember her--and that I won't end up penniless after years of service (another conversation we're still having, as so many English teacher [...]

    7. The heroine of this novel, Ella Bishop, is a healthy, sensitive, energetic, and happy person as she begins her college career in the Midwest in 1876. Her energy and devotion to learning made her an excellent student, then a gifted teacher. People were drawn toward her friendliness and enthusiasm. During her life she was betrayed in love when the man she was to have married was stolen by her young cousin. She was called upon to raise their daughter when the cousin died. Later on in life Ella was [...]

    8. This is a lovely old-fashioned story about a young woman who starts out life expecting to get an education to become a teacher, teach for a few years and then marry and have children (this is in the late 1800's)and life becomes nothing she expected (sound familiar?). You follow her through her whole life as a teacher and her incurable optimism and selflessness, and the courage to do the right thing was inspiring. Just more proof that Bess Streeter Aldrich is one of our most under-appreciated wri [...]

    9. I really like Bess S. Aldrich. But I didn't like this book by her. My first problem was the fact that her fiance made her cousin pregnantoops. and his excuse was 'she's a cunning little thing-like a kitten. I'm so sorry Ella, so so sorry.'Second was the fact that she raised that baby. And I don't think it had a good story plot like the other stories by B.S.A.

    10. A good old-fashioned story about life, love and loss. Miss Bishop is an admirable character, positive, caring and altruistic. Wish there were more like her, in fiction and in real life! The book was made into a movie called Cheers for Miss Bishop, starring Martha Scott in the title role (way before she played Bob Newhart's mother!). I look forward to seeing it.

    11. I was hoping this would be more in the style of "Mother Mason", but it was quite a bit more serious. As a reader, you really root for the main character and admire her. It's not an easy life for her, but it is sweet, especially if you like stories about great teachers.

    12. This story kept me reading until I was done. I could not put it down. The potential of her life and yet her disappointments were crushing. Loved it.

    13. This book was written in 1933. It is a semi-biographic novel about the founding of the now University of Northern Iowa. It follows the life of a school teacher, Miss Bishop, and the sacrifices she made throughout her life. For instance she took care of her "frail 40 something old mother". Hard to believe that 40 is frail. I really enjoyed reading about "Midwestern College", and how it expanded each year. And it was interesting to read about her thinly veiled descriptions of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    14. This was a really really good book. It’s one of those stories where you come to the end resolved to be a better person. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked it up, but it was completely worth it.

    15. I have always ejoyed Bess Streeter Aldrich's books. They are often an escape into an older period of time. They are like Willa Cather or Laura Ingells Wilder books. They take place in the midwest usually Nebraska during the time of the land being settled. This book takes place in the late 1800's and the early 1900's. This book did not help me escape like some of the others although I did like it and enjoyed reading it. It follows Miss Ella Bishop through her life from the age of 16 to old age wi [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. I could feel the sorrows & the joys experienced by Miss Bishop. She was a truly courageous woman. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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