Elinor’s College Career

By

Julia A. Schwarz

Vassar 1905

IN FOUR PARTS

I. THE FRESHMAN YEAR

  1. The Two Little Girls who Laughed
  2. Red Ink
  3. Green Caps and Gowns
  4. A Mysterious Disappearance
  5. Being a Genius
  6. The Fatal Black Bag
  1. The Two Little Girls who Laughed
  2. Red Ink
  3. Green Caps and Gowns
  4. A Mysterious Disappearance
  5. Being a Genius
  6. The Fatal Black Bag

II. THE SOPHOMORE YEAR

  1. Myra’s Little Ram
  2. Knowing It All
  3. The Jealous Fates
  4. Valentines
  5. The Mellowing of Lydia

III. THE JUNIOR YEAR

  1. Room for Contemporaries
  2. All Kinds of Sense
  3. A Screw Loose
  4. A Day of Events
  5. Cela M’est Égal
  6. Three Dummy Idiots

IV. THE SENIOR YEAR

  1. Setting an Example
  2. Elinor Takes Her Medicine
  3. The Woes of Eminence
  4. Blessed A Plenty
  5. A Pretty Good Place
  6. Benefits Remembered

ILLUSTRATED BY
ELLEN WETHERAL AHRENS

BOSTON

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

1906


This book appears in several smashing reading lists because the author was a graduate of Vassar College, writing about smashing at Vassar College. The idea here is that entering students look toward the juniors and senior as role models, and the older students endeavor to be worthy of that admiration. The historical context of the book is a time when smashing was increasingly considered, both inside and outside of women’s colleges, as inappropriate, if not a mental disorder. The book must therefore be seen as counter-propaganda. All traces of homosexuality have been carefully omitted from the text,1 even though there is ample historical evidence that a minority of cases had to do with it. Instead, the reader is left to ponder a culture of platonic idolization, which, history suggests, also took place.

1. At age 46, Julia Schwarz described herself to the Vassar College Alumnae office as “a daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, friend, voter, [and] citizen.” Everything but a wife and mother.

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