In the course of a few decades, I became separated from my copy of “Up the Down Staircase,” Bel Kaufman’s classic novel about a New York. Unit 5 Up The Down Staircase Солодокова Анастасия ИЯ АМБ The text under analysis is called “Up The Down Staircase” and written by an American. Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “ Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and.

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Please consider making a gift to JWA th When Bel Kaufman published Up the Down Staircase on January 27,she was already a published writer, whose short stories had appeared in magazines like Esquire and The Saturday Review.

Because Esquire in the early s had refused to publish fiction by women, Belle Kaufman had submitted her work under the androgynous first name “Bel,” kaumfan has published under that name ever since.


Born in Germany and raised in Russia, Kaufman came to the U. She is the granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem, and her mother Lyalya Kaufman was a regular columnist for the Yiddish Forverts. Bel graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College at age After earning a master’s degree at Columbia, Kaufman taught in the New York City public schools for three decades. Her experiences there were the inspiration for Up the Down Staircase.

Bel Kaufman Took Us ‘Up The Down Staircase’

The novel uses a series of memos, directives, student comments, teachers’ notes, and various materials drawn from school wastepaper baskets to detail a new idealistic teacher’s encounters with the administrative bureaucracy of an inner-city school.

The book spent 64 weeks on the best-seller list.

It has been translated into 16 eown, and has sold 6. Time magazine has called it “easily the most popular novel about U. Bel Kaufman will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Jewish Women’s Archive at its annual luncheon on March 10, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopediapp.


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