Up the Down Staircase

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

In its 47 printings, Up the Down Staircase has sold more than 6 million copies, has been translated into 16 languages, and made into a prize-winning motion picture. This funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic high school teacher is now availble in trade paperback, with a new introduction by the author.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Up the Down Staircase . . . should be read by anyone interested in children or education.” —The New York Times

“Easily the most popular novel about U.S. public schools in history.” —Time

“The most excellent and useful portrait of a[n] . . . American teacher’s life that we are likely to have for a long time.” —Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780139391408
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/1/1964
  • Age range: 12 years

Meet the Author

Bel Kaufman (b. 1911) is a bestselling writer, dedicated teacher, and lecturer best known for her novel Up the Down Staircase (1965), a classic portrayal of life in the New York public school system. Kaufman was born in Berlin, the daughter of Russian parents and granddaughter of celebrated Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem. Her family moved to Odessa when she was three, and Russian is her native language. The family also lived in Moscow before immigrating to New York City when Kaufman was twelve. There, she graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College and with high honors from Columbia University. Kaufman then worked as a high school teacher in the city for three decades. The success of Up the Down Staircase launched her second career as a sought-after speaker for events around the country. Kaufman is also the author of Love, Etc. (1979), a powerful, haunting, and poignant novel rendering life as fiction. Kaufman continues to live and work in New York. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Hi, Teach!
2. Let It Be a Challenge
3. From Miss Barrett’s Letterbox
4. Intraschool Communication
5. And Gladly Teche #1
6. No One Down Here
7. And Gladly Teche #2
8. From The Calvin Coolidge Clarion
9. Those Who Can’t
10. Faculty Conference Minutes
11. Pupil-Load
12. A Doze of English
13. Enrichment Etc. Part III
14. Persephone
15. From Miss Barrett’s Wastebasket
16. JJ’s Lament
17. From the Suggestion Box
18. You Still Teaching?
19. The Greek Underground Part IV
20. Life Situation
21. Bulletin Board, Room 304
22. A Probing Question
23. The Funny Sides
24. From the Right-Hand Drawer, Room 304
25. A Message to Garcia
26. Touch Wounds
27. Clarification of Status
28. From the Suggestion Box
29. The Road Not Taken
30. The Author Tries to Say
31. Communication Arts
32. Over the Time Clock
33. Open School
34. You’re the Teacher
35. Please Do Not Erase
36. Integration
37. Neatly, in Ink
38. Unfortunate Incident
39. Debits and Credits
40. From the Suggestion Box
41. Do You Plan to Indulge in a Turkey?
42. I’m Not Cheating, I’m Left-Handed
43. As Far as Marks
44. Lavatory Escort
45. It Has Come to My Attention
46. From the Suggestion Box
47. My Reading Life
48. What Did I Miss?
49. Willowdale
50. The Lighter Side of Education
51. Love Me Back!
52. “Teacher for a Day” Day
53. Up the Down Staircase
54. Greetings on Your Illness
55. A for Effort
56. Ballad
57. Dear Sir or Madam58. Hi, Pupe!

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