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Author Bel Kaufman dies aged 103

Published 25/07/2014 | 22:21

Bel Kaufman has died (Photo: TWC News)
Bel Kaufman has died (Photo: TWC News)

The author of Up The Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman, has died in New York City aged 103.

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Her daughter, Thea Goldstine, said she died at her Manhattan home after a brief illness.

Kaufman was a middle-age teacher and single mother in the mid-1960s when her autobiographical novel became a surprise best-seller.

Even the title of Kaufman's book became a tell-all label, shorthand for all the senseless rules students and educators could never quite follow.

Up The Down Staircase is a scrapbook of letters, notes and memos. It follows a few months in the life of an idealistic young teacher at Calvin Coolidge High School.

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