By Jonathan Croall
A. S. Neill, founding father of Summerhill, the main renowned and so much feared of all innovative colleges, used to be recognized as a schoolteacher, academic reformer, and writer of illuminating and fashionable books approximately schooling and the brain of the kid. yet few humans be aware of he used to be additionally a devoted, prolific, uninhibited, witty and sometimes mischievous letter author. this option of gemstones, first released in 1983, has been selected from hundreds of thousands of his letters by way of his biographer. It contains letters approximately schooling, childrens, politics, writing, fatherhood, the Bomb, previous age and demise. ‘All the easiest, Neill’ used to be the primary finishing of his letters to the well-known – H. G. Wells, Bertrand Russell, Henry Miller, Paul Goodman, Wilhelm Reich, Homer Lane; to special educators – W. B. Curry of Dartington, John Aitkenhead of Kilquhanity, Bob Mackenzie of Braehead, Dora Russell of Beacon Hill; to unknown buddies, mom and dad, or even informal correspondents. To learn those letters is to percentage the corporate of a good and regularly pleasant guy, who wrote each with a similar dedication and gaiety.
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