Readers of Richard Hawley’s other books—fiction, poetry, education theory, many with a humanistic, practical, and philosophical interest in learning and in its effect on the limited lives we all lead—may not be prepared for On My Way Out. With this astonishing and candid memoir, presented in the form of a diary, Hawley opens the door into his personal life, one riven by love, supported by a deep, instinctive ethical sense, and rich with portraits of teachers, writers, musicians, artists and ordinary people, all seen with such warm and shrewd particularity that they become the reader’s immediate family as well as the author’s.
About the Author
Richard Hawley attended Middlebury College and has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Case Western Reserve University. The founding president of the International Boys Schools Coalition, he retired as headmaster of the University School in Cleveland in 2005 and has published more than twenty books. His essays, articles and poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, American Film, Commonweal, America, Short Story America, Orion, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Christian Science Monitor. For ten years he taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
Richard Hawley has the poise and vision to create an entire world.
The Other World explores with eloquence and sensitivity the secret lives
of children and the unexpected moments that linger in the memory and
give shape to our souls. —BLAKE BAILEY