Maria Montessori Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Kramer, Rita. Maria Montessori: A Biography. Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell, 1976, 410 p.

Biography that seeks to dispel myths about Montessori and centers on concrete facts about her life, work, and achievements. The volume includes a foreword by Anna Freud.

Standing, E. M. Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. Fresno, Calif.: Academy Library Guild, 1957, 354 p.

Focuses on Montessori's career and her major influences.


Baber, Ray E. A review of The Secret of Childhood, by Maria Montessori. American Sociological Review 5, No. 4 (August 1940): 656-58.

Finds The Secret of Childhood full of “keen insight into child nature” but at times overly “mystical.”

Meyer, Judith Wangerin. Diffusion of an American Montessori Education. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975, 97 p.

Examines the introduction and wide acceptance of the Montessori method in the United States.

Montessori, Mario M. Jr., Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori. Edited by Paula Polk Lillard. New York: Schocken Books, 1976, 119 p.

Collection of essays by Montessori's grandson examining her methods which includes an appreciation by Buckminster Fuller.

Orem, R. C., ed. Montessori: Her Method and the Movement. What You Need to Know. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1974, 263 p.

Collection of commentaries on the Montessori method, including a compendium of questions and answers and a biographical sketch.

Rambusch, Nancy McCormick. Learning How to Learn: An American Approach to Montessori. Baltimore: Helicon Press, 1962, 180 p.

Overview of Montessori's method as it is applied in the United States; includes a secondary bibliography.

Additional coverage of Montessori's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 115, 147.