Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education

NEILL, A. S. Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education. London: Gollancz, 1973.

Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition, seventh impression from 1973. Dust jacket not price-clipped, clean and in very good order; red boards clean and page block tight and clean, with one previous owner’s name and year neatly written in ink on front free endpaper. An excellent copy of this book published by Victor Gollancz.


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Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education Synopsis

Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education is a book about the English boarding school Summerhill School by its headmaster A. S. Neill. The foreword was written by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, who distinguished between authoritarian coercion and Summerhill.

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About A. S. Neill

Alexander Sutherland Neill (17 October 1883 – 23 September 1973) was a Scottish educator and author known for his school, Summerhill, and its philosophy of freedom from adult coercion and community self-governance. Raised in Scotland, Neill taught at several schools before attending the University of Edinburgh in 1908–1912. He took jobs in journalism and taught at Gretna Green Village School, before joining a Dresden school in 1921 and founding Summerhill on returning to England in 1924. Summerhill gained renown in the 1930s and then in the 1960s–1970s, due to progressive and counter-culture interest. Neill wrote twenty books, and his top seller was Summerhill, read widely in the free school movement from the 1960s.

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