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History of Interest in the Gifted

by Abraham J. Tannenbaum - 1958

Curiosity about the lives and works of talented individuals probably dates back to the time man first showed interest in why human beings are different from each other. Whenever and wherever persons have excelled in some culturally prized area of endeavor requiring outstanding ability, they have invariably aroused some degree of public curiosity, suspicion, appreciation, or antipathy, depending upon the temper of their audiences. Some have attracted attention to themselves as individuals, exclusive of their work; others, though unknown in their time, have left immortal legacies for succeeding generations. Some have caught the public eye in their lifetimes; others were not idolized (or pilloried) until after death.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 57, No. 2

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 59 Number 10, 1958, p. 21-38
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19920, Date Accessed: 9/30/2020 1:49:56 AM

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