LETTERS TO A TEEN AGE SON by Henry Gregor Felsen

LETTERS TO A TEEN AGE SON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These letters from a middle-aged, middle-brow columnist-father to his sixteen year old son, both average, mid-Western and suburban, embody the All-American ethos of clean-living, clean-thinking and the traditional search for security and success. As examples, here's pen pal Felsen on dating (when you take out a girl, don't let her go too far); on wisdom (follow the golden rule); on maturity (don't imitate the unstable minority, like beatniks); on youth (being a real boy is the best guarantee for becoming a real man); on adolescence (parental misunderstanding is bad, but too much understanding stifles); and on life (whatever is idle falls into decay). Sophisticated teenagers will call it all very square; others should find the tidbits full of truth, tenderness and smiling illuminations re the troublesome growing-up world of home, school, jalopies, buddies and girls. Dual market for this, as Felsen has a large following among the teen age readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1962
Publisher: Dodd, Mead