BEL KAUFMAN
Bella "Bel"  Kaufman (born May 10, 1911) isan Americanteacher andauthor, best known for writing the     1965
Kaufman was    born inBerlin, Germany, where her  father was   studying   medicine.   Although    born in Germany, her    ...
In December   1923, they  immigratedto the United States with      their     twelve-    year-old daughter to
When the family arrived in New York   City, the young Kaufman did not  speak a word of English. She wastaken to the local ...
Aged 18 sheattended Hunter College in NewYork, from which she received a   Bachelor of       Arts  degree, then     earned...
Up the Down Staircase was originally ashort story—only three and a half pageslong—published in The Saturday Review on     ...
In 1965 she published the  novel Up theDown Staircase, a novel about  an idealistic young honors     college graduate who ...
Up the Down  Staircase became an  enormous   success,remaining on    the New York Times Best Seller  list for 64   weeks. In
The film opened  at Radio City   Music Hall in  New York City and was chosen  to represent     the United  States at the  ...
Kaufman‟s contributions   to social awareness  continued well beyond     the reach of her     famous book. On         Dece...
In her later career, Kaufman hasbeen involved in theatrical writing   and lecturing, and is a popular  public speaker. In ...
Bel Kaufman is the recipient of many  awards, such as  Bonds for Israel    plaques, the Paperback of the Year Award, and  ...
At 100 years old, Ms.    Kaufman is stillshpritzing jokes, Jewishand otherwise, which is in       her genes.
In 2011 she became   one of the few      adjunct professors in her age and taught a  course on Jewish  humor at Hunter Col...
She now meets former students     who are grandparents.Indeed, she cannot believe that    she has a son, Jonathan Goldstin...
Now Ms.   Kaufman  intends to resume her   hobby —   dancing mambos and tangos at alocal school.     Her
Bel Kaufman: “it must havehappened gradually, while I  wasn‟t looking,I feel no  different than I felt at 99, 98 or 97. Ju...
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  1. 1. BEL KAUFMAN
  2. 2. Bella "Bel" Kaufman (born May 10, 1911) isan Americanteacher andauthor, best known for writing the 1965
  3. 3. Kaufman was born inBerlin, Germany, where her father was studying medicine. Although born in Germany, her native
  4. 4. In December 1923, they immigratedto the United States with their twelve- year-old daughter to
  5. 5. When the family arrived in New York City, the young Kaufman did not speak a word of English. She wastaken to the local public school in afirst-grade class with children half her age and felt immensely awkward. Her uneasiness was
  6. 6. Aged 18 sheattended Hunter College in NewYork, from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, then earned aMasters degreein literature at Columbia University.Kaufman began work as a
  7. 7. Up the Down Staircase was originally ashort story—only three and a half pageslong—published in The Saturday Review on November 17, 1962.Then an editor contacted Kaufman after reading it and encouraged her to extend her fledgling story into a full-length novel
  8. 8. In 1965 she published the novel Up theDown Staircase, a novel about an idealistic young honors college graduate who becomes anEnglish teacher in a New YorkCity high school
  9. 9. Up the Down Staircase became an enormous success,remaining on the New York Times Best Seller list for 64 weeks. In
  10. 10. The film opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and was chosen to represent the United States at the Moscow Film Festival. In June 1977, Up the Down
  11. 11. Kaufman‟s contributions to social awareness continued well beyond the reach of her famous book. On December 7, 1987, Kaufman accepted an invitation from the Soviet embassy to join Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev as his guest at a reception held for prominent Americans. During this same
  12. 12. In her later career, Kaufman hasbeen involved in theatrical writing and lecturing, and is a popular public speaker. In the 1970s, shemarried Sidney Gluck, who heads the Sholem Aleichem Memorial Foundation, where she is anhonorary chair. The foundation was created to commemorate her grandfather and the world of Yiddish literature.
  13. 13. Bel Kaufman is the recipient of many awards, such as Bonds for Israel plaques, the Paperback of the Year Award, and the National School Bell Award. Bel Kaufman‟s great legacy is in the literature about education in
  14. 14. At 100 years old, Ms. Kaufman is stillshpritzing jokes, Jewishand otherwise, which is in her genes.
  15. 15. In 2011 she became one of the few adjunct professors in her age and taught a course on Jewish humor at Hunter College, her alma mater. One of the jokes the class dissected: “the frenchman says: „i‟m tired
  16. 16. She now meets former students who are grandparents.Indeed, she cannot believe that she has a son, Jonathan Goldstine, 69, who is a retired professor of computer
  17. 17. Now Ms. Kaufman intends to resume her hobby — dancing mambos and tangos at alocal school. Her
  18. 18. Bel Kaufman: “it must havehappened gradually, while I wasn‟t looking,I feel no different than I felt at 99, 98 or 97. Just becauseyou live a long time, you get all this attention. Just because you survived? Of course, i survived a lot.”

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