Author Bel Kaufman dies aged 103
Published 25/07/2014 | 22:21
The author of Up The Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman, has died in New York City aged 103.
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.