A Life Worth Living: The Selected Letters of John Holt by Susannah Sheffer

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Or am I making an excuse for not asking him? Do you know who is going to publish your book? What will be the title? When will it come out? I have special reasons for asking. Pitman is going to bring out a paperback edition of How Children Learn and they want to include in the back a list of specially recommended reading. I want to have your book on the list, even if it is not out yet, so that people will be looking for it. Best, [TO GARY HICKS] 2/24/69 Dear Gary, Sorry not to have written in a while.

I’ve got an article coming out in the late December, early January issue of Look which I think you might like. I enclose an article I wrote for the latest Yale Alumni Magazine. I expect it will shake up a few Old Blues. I know what you mean about feeling that you had thought something yourself, when in fact you hadn’t done so. This is exactly how Dennison’s new book makes me feel. I’m sending along a review I wrote of it and hope you’ll read it (the review) and then the book. I’m also sending along some very important articles by Ivan Illich.

I have talked with an awful lot of student groups in this last year, both high school and college, and though I certainly run across a lot of the kinds of people you are talking about and indeed know quite a number of such young people quite intimately, I also know a great many others who do not fit into that pattern at all. Not at all. Indeed, I could run off a whole string of complimentary adjectives to say how much I think of them, their intelligence, their seriousness, their sense of where we are.

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