Up the Down Staircase

Up the Down Staircase

eBook - 2012
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Sixty-four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list: "The most enduring account we have of teachers' lives" ( The New Yorker ). When Sylvia Barrett arrives at New York City's Calvin Coolidge High, she's fresh from earning literature degrees at Hunter College and eager to shape young minds. Instead, she encounters broken windows, a lack of supplies, a stifling bureaucracy, and students with no interest in Chaucer. Narrated in "an almost presciently postmodern style" through interoffice memos, notes and doodles, lesson plans, suggestion-box insults, letters, and other dispatches from the front lines, Up the Down Staircase stands as the seminal novel of a beleaguered American public school system perpetually redeemed by teachers who love to teach and students who long to be recognized ( The New Yorker ). Hailed as "the funniest book written in America since Catch-22, " Up the Down Staircase has been adapted for the stage and was made into an award-winning feature film starring Sandy Dennis ( New York Herald Tribune ). It remains an essential and highly enjoyable read that will leave you laughing and shaking your head at the same time. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bel Kaufman including photos from the author's personal collection.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Open Road Media, 2012.
ISBN: 9781453288979
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBook
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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Aunt1EJ
Apr 10, 2019

Loved this book as a teen when it came out and I reread it as an adult periodically. It's not dated ...if you imagine today's technology replacing the memos, letters, student papers and notes in the suggestion box.

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mary_32
Sep 30, 2017

Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prize-winning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom.

Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose dash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents--anyone concerned about public education. Bel Kaufman lets her characters speak for themselves through memos, letters, directives from the principal, comments by students, notes between teachers, and papers from desk drawers and wastebaskets, evoking a vivid picture of teachers fighting the good fight against all that stands in the way of good teaching.

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