Windows on Henry Street

Windows on Henry Street

Windows on Henry Street

Windows on Henry Street

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A protracted illness and slow convalescence have given me unusual detachment from administrative duties, affording opportunity to relate my experiences and observations over an eventful period. As far as pos- sible, every reference, incident, and quotation has been verified, and, where memory was not clear cut, con- temporaries have been consulted.

This book could not have been written without the help of Beulah Amidon, whose service was invaluable. Her sympathy, her training, and the years she has spent in research and as editor furnished a background that made it possible for her to recognize immediately what I was trying to express. Her familiarity with the whole field of social endeavor aided the verification of state- ment. Moreover, the telling of stories was often occa- sion for great fun, and a joy to the story-teller; the "More, more!" from her explains and perhaps defends the multiple anecdotes, sad and gay, throughout the pages.

Van Wyck Brooks, Connecticut neighbor and help- ful friend, months before the book was begun, as we gathered about the open fire, pressed the opinion that another volume should follow The House on Henry Street. In this he was abetted by Lee Simonson. Mr.

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