Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: A Memoir of the Sixties and Beyond

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This memoir chronicles the life of Mary Susannah Robbins—poet, activist, and devoted daughter of famous mathematician Herbert E. Robbins. Her antiwar activism, beginning with her experiences during the Vietnam War and continuing into the present with the Iraq War, has given her a perspective from which to tell a unique story of American life. Her childhood having been spent surrounded by such luminaries of the twentieth century as Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, and Alan Lomax, Robbins writes of the early influence that her parents and their colleagues had on her later call to activism in the 1960s. She discusses the relationships that guided her to become involved with various antiwar movements. Her personal reflections within this book form a powerful tribute to the many lives that have touched and been touched by her.

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Editorial Reviews

Howard Zinn
I am enormously impressed with the quality of the writing and the extraordinary portraits she has drawn of the people who crossed her life's path.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739127919
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/3/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Susannah Robbins has taught English literature at Vassar College and runs her own editorial services company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poems, stories, and prints have appeared in various magazines including Ploughshares and Confrontation, and she is the editor of the book Against the Vietnam War: Writings by Activists Revised Edition.

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Table of Contents

1 Contents 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Earth and Air and Fire and Water Chapter 4 2. Herbert Robbins Chapter 5 3. Little Hollow Chapter 6 4. The Party Chapter 7 5. Loss Chapter 8 6. Klee Chapter 9 7. Wayne Chapter 10 8. Clio Chapter 11 9. Keith Chapter 12 10. A Question of Style Chapter 13 11. At Home Abroad Chapter 14 12. Hanoi Chapter 15 13. An Electron Chapter 16 14. Debris Chapter 17 15. Why I Love Mistletoe Chapter 18 16. "Miss American Pie" Chapter 19 17. A Matter of Taste Chapter 20 18. You'll Never Be the Same Chapter 21 19. Fish Chapter 22 20. What It Isn't Chapter 23 21. That Night Chapter 24 22. The Last Happy Man Chapter 25 23. Yard Sale Chapter 26 24. "Old Men Should Be Explorers" Chapter 27 25. His Neck Chapter 28 26. Tiananmen Square Chapter 29 27. Thanksgiving Chapter 30 28. Staughton Lynd and Howard Zinn Chapter 31 29. Peace Chapter 32 30. Home

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