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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer$
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James Dempsey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049267

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049267.001.0001

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Homes of Virtue

Homes of Virtue

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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer

James Dempsey

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 describes the Thayer's childhood hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, when it was a powerful industrial center. Thayer's father was a large manufacturer of textiles and textile machines, and his parents were affluent. He attended Bancroft School, eventually moving on to Milton Academy, where he met T. S. Eliot. Thayer's father died unexpectedly when Thayer was 17, leaving his son a sizable fortune. Chapter 2 presents Thayer's memories of his childhood and discusses his early education, his reading, and the prizes he won.

Keywords:   Bancroft School, T. S. Eliot, Milton Academy, textiles, Worcester, Massachusetts

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