The Headmaster

The Headmaster by John McPhee 0374514968 9780374514969
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Starting in 1902 at a country school that had an enrollment of fourteen, Frank Boyden built an academy that has long since taken its place on a level with Andover and Exeter. Boyden, who died in 1972, was the schools headmaster for sixty-six years. John McPhee portrays a remarkable man at the near end of a skein of magnanimous despots who...created enduring schools through their own individual energies, maintained them under their own absolute rule, and left them forever imprinted with their own personalities. More than simply a portrait of the Headmaster of Deerfield Academy, it is a revealing look at the nature of private school education in America. John McPheeis the author of more than 25 books, includingAnnals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in 1999. He has been a staff writer atThe New Yorkersince 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. McPheesEncounters with the ArchdruidandThe Curve of Binding Energywere both nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. Starting in 1902 at a country school that had an enrollment of fourteen, Frank Boyden built an academy that has long since taken its place on a level with Andover and Exeter. Boyden, who died in 1972, was the schools headmaster for sixty-six years. John McPhee portrays a remarkable man at the near end of a skein of magnanimous despots who . . . created enduring schools through their own individual energies, maintained them under their own absolute rule, and left them forever imprinted with their own personalities. More than simply a portrait of the Headmaster of Deerfield Academy, it is a revealing look at the nature of private school education in America. One always has the sense with McPhee of a man at a pitch of pleasure in his work, a natural at it, finding out on behalf of the rest of us how some portion of the world works.Edward Hoagland, The New York Times

Author: John McPhee

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 160

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 1992-09-01


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