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The Universal Experience of Adolescence

reviewed by Margaret Mead - 1964

coverTitle: The Universal Experience of Adolescence
Author(s): N. Kiell
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This enormous volume is designed to illustrate the author's belief that adolescent experience is universal—alike at all times and in all places. The experience which he discusses is arranged under conventional Freudian-oriented, clinical psychological headings. Under each heading there are quotations supporting the author's point of view, followed by excerpts from autobiographies—some from the renowned in public life (Napoleon, Gandhi), some from great writers (Dostoevsky, Yeats, Richardson, Goethe), some from interesting figures (Emma Goldman, John Stuart Mill), some from popular" persons (David Crockett, Anne Frank, Ethel Waters), some from psychoanalytic theorists (Ernest Jones, Erik Erikson, Anna Freud). The selections, ranging over many centuries and so chosen that all the great literate civilizations are included, range in number from five under "Masturbation and Nocturnal Emission" to eleven under "Friendship." As the excerpts are quite long, often a feel for an author's style or personality comes through. Thus, hopefully, the book serves... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 1, 1964, p. 86-86
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2551, Date Accessed: 10/14/2019 4:38:53 AM

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