The Day I Became an Autodidact Bibliography - Essay

Kendall Hailey


(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Baldwin, Christina. One to One: Self-Understanding Through Journal Writing. New York: M. Evans, 1977. A small and friendly guidebook to creating a relationship with one’s own mind through journal writing. Baldwin describes the writing process and includes numerous examples of potential themes to be explored from experience, dreams, or inspiration. An appendix includes ideas on how to facilitate a journal-writing seminar, as well as a bibliography of works that will help diarists deal with memories, dreams, problem-solving, and language.

Booklist. LXXXIV, April 15, 1988, p. 1375.

Chicago Tribune. March 14, 1988, V, p. 3.

Dunaway, Phillip, and Mel Evans. A Treasury of the World’s Great Diaries. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1957. A collection of diary entries from youthful writers such as Anne Frank, explorers such as Davy Crockett, performers such as John Barrymore, and novelists such as Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott. Provides insight into the diarists and the times in which they lived. The anthology separates the diary segments by themes, which offer unique perspectives into the personal lives of writers whom readers have come to know through fiction and into the writing abilities of others whose deeds have made them famous. Entries from nearly a hundred diarists are included, along with short biographies that place the writers and their works in historical perspective

Gross, Ronald. Peak Learning: A Master Course in Learning How to Learn. Los Angeles: Jeremy Tarcher, 1991. A unique guidebook in the art of learning, this work calls upon advances in neuroscience, cognitive studies, and developmental psychology. Applicable to technical or literary materials, Peak Learning provides tools that can be put into practice instantly and itself is an example of how to structure an autodidactic approach to learning any or all subjects. Eleven chapters, with overviews, examples, exercises, and illustrations, make up a complete course, peppered by inspirational quotes about learning, creativity, and the brain. A useful bibliography of other books that deal with the art of learning joins a well-detailed index.

Kirkus Reviews. LVI, January 15, 1988, p. 102.

Los Angeles Times. March 6, 1988, VI, p. 1.

Publishers Weekly. CCXXXIII, January 22, 1988, p. 93.

Wilson Library Bulletin. LXII, May, 1988, p. 78.