Robert Maynard Hutchins: A Memoir

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At age 28, he was dean of Yale Law School; at 30, president of the University of Chicago. By his mid-thirties, Robert Maynard Hutchins was an eminent figure in the world of educational innovation and liberal politics. And when he was 75, he told a friend, "I should have died at 35."

Milton Mayer, Hutchins's colleague, and friend, gives an intimate picture of the remarkably outstanding, and fallible, man who participated in many of this century's most important social and ...

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Berkeley, California 1993 Hardcover First Edition Fine in Very Good jacket Book. 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. First printing. Fine coated black cloth boards, gilt stamped spine ... titles, fine. Pages fine. Dj lt. edge wear; protected in new clear sleeve. 546 pages. At 28, he was Dean of Yale Law School; at 30, president of the University of Chicago. By his mid-thirties, Robert Maynard Hutchins was an eminent figure in the world of educational innovation and liberal politics. Yet, when he was 75, he told a friend, "I should have died at 35." Milton Mayer, Hutchin's colleague, gives an intimate picture of this fallible man who participated in many important US social and political controversies. He captures the energy and intellectual fervour Hutchins brought to the fields of law, politics, civil rights and public affairs. Read more Show Less

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At age 28, he was dean of Yale Law School; at 30, president of the University of Chicago. By his mid-thirties, Robert Maynard Hutchins was an eminent figure in the world of educational innovation and liberal politics. And when he was 75, he told a friend, "I should have died at 35."

Milton Mayer, Hutchins's colleague, and friend, gives an intimate picture of the remarkably outstanding, and fallible, man who participated in many of this century's most important social and political controversies. He captures the energy and intellectual fervor Hutchins could transmit to others, and which the man brought to the fields of law, politics, civil rights, and public affairs.

Rich in detail and anecdote, this memoir vividly brings to life both a man and an age.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An outspoken American educator whose innovative ideas were enacted during his 1929-1951 tenure at the University of Chicago as president and chancellor, Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977) lobbied increasingly for intellectual inquiry and the preservation of scholarly traditions. Mayer ( If Men Were Angels ), who died in 1986, was a friend and colleague of Hutchins. His well documented, affectionate and objective memoir (written mostly in the third person) outlines Hutchins's considerable achievements, including the introduction of the Great Books Program on campus and his fierce commitment to academic freedom. Mayer also details Hutchins's intemperate, seemingly pro-Hitler remarks before the outbreak of WW II, and the considerable neglect with which he treated his first wife and three children. Hicks is a retired English professor at the University of Massachusetts. Photos. (Apr.)
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Those who know of Hutchins will delight in this sympathetic account of a friendship and association that lasted 40 years. Those who are not familiar with him will gain much insight into the true nature of one of the most controversial figures in American education. Dean of the Yale Law School at 29, chancellor of the University of Chicago, and Ford Foundation executive, Hutchins was, as Mayer calls him, ``an unyielding absolutist.'' He championed the cultivation of the intellect through liberal arts education, campaigned for the establishment of a world organization, and abolished intercollegiate football--moves that earned him the condemnation of some and the adulation of others. Mayer is no hagiographer. He holds his scales fairly even. This exciting memoir deserves more attention than it is probably destined to receive. Highly recommended for most libraries.-- A.J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston
Angus Trimnell
Robert Maynard Hutchins, a preacher's son, came from Oberlin, Ohio, and (marked early as a charismatic educator and highly effective fund-raiser) rose quickly to become, at age 30, the youngest president of the University of Chicago. The late Mayer, a journalist who came to Hutchins (as if to Mecca) for a job, was his friend for many years; and he writes his biography in an admiring and personal but still critical fashion. Mayer provides a chronicle of events in Hutchins' life, to be sure, but more importantly, the book gives a view of Hutchins' personality--peremptory, terse, witty, and appealing. Mayer also discusses some of the critical issues of Hutchins' time, such as the development of the atomic bomb (much of which went on under his administration at the University of Chicago), McCarthyism, and Hutchins' role in educational reform. Quite readable and strongly recommended.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520070912
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/1993
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Milton Mayer (1908-1986) was an educator, journalist, and editor who worked with Robert Hutchins at the University of Chicago. A prolific writer, among his numerous works are What Can a Man Do? (1964) and If Men Were Angels (1972). John H. Hicks was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst until his retirement in 1986. Studs Terkel is a journalist and author of several best-selling oral histories. He was a student at the University of Chicago when Robert Hutchins was president.

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