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Essay Review: Loneliness

by Thomas J. Cottle - March 12, 2009

Dumm, T. (2008). Loneliness as a way of life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP. Cacioppo, J., & Patrick, W. (2008). Loneliness: Human nature and the need for social connection. New York: Norton. Published seventy-five years ago soon after the Great Depression, Nathaniel West’s Miss Lonely Hearts surely struck a chord in American culture not only in its exploration of the faces of evil and a worshipful public, but for its raw penetration of the lonely soul as well. Seventeen years later, David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd placed some of these same themes into a social scientific context and once again found a resonance, this time in a postwar culture. Now, appropriately, two impressive volumes appear almost as accidental partners, the social scientific Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John Cacioppo and William Patrick, and the stunning literary exegesis of Loneliness as a Way of Life by Amherst College professor... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 12, 2009
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  • Thomas Cottle
    Boston University
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    THOMAS J. COTTLE is professor of education at Boston University, and a practicing clinical psychologist. Among his books are A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation; Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long-Term Unemployment; At Peril: Stories of Injustice; Mind Fields: Adolescent Consciousness in a Culture of Distraction; and When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother.
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