Maxine McClintock grew up in chalk dust. Her father was a dedicated principal of a suburban elementary school. She taught high school and college for 35 years, with time out for a Ph.D. in philosophy and education, writing a dissertation on the sense of possibility conveyed in the work of the Austrian novelist, Robert Musil. For the last half of her classroom career, she taught history at the Trinity School, one of the elite New York City private schools. Students sought her out as a challenging, formative educator. A few years ago she decided to turn to writing about education and culture. The first fruit is on the web, “A Return Engagement,” a fine essay on Jacques Barzun, a great educator and historian. Now in Letters of Recommendation, McClintock is finding a voice of her own, one that’s both distinctive and important.
Online booksellers carry Letters — Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Tower Books — and your favorite bookstore can order it for you — Letters of Recommendation by Maxine McClintock is published in The Reflective Commons (New York: Collaboratory for Liberal Learning, 2013). ISBN 978-1-937828-004, $24.95.