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(October 12, 1929- ) Born in Boston. Graduated from Harvard in 1950 and from Columbia University medical school in 1954. Served in U.S. Air Force as chief of neuropsychiatric service at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi (1958-60). From 1960 to 1962 was on psychiatric staff of Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical assistant in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; also worked as research psychiatrist for the Southern Regional Council, Atlanta. Was research psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School beginning in 1963; since 1978 has been professor of psychiatry and medical humanities. Received Pulitzer Prize for volumes 2 and 3 of Children of Crisis series in 1973, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1981, and, in 1998, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Author of series Children of Crisis (volume 1: A Study in Courage and Fear, 1967; volume 2: Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers, 1971; volume 3: The South Goes North, 1971; volume 4: Eskimos, Chicanos, Indians, 1978; volume 5: Privileged Ones: The Well-Off and the Rich in America), Dead End School (1968), Still Hungry in America (1969), The Grass Pipe (juvenile, 1969), The Image Is You (1969), The Wages of Neglect (1969, with Maria W. Piers), Erik H. Erikson: The Growth of His Work (1970), The Middle Americans (1971), The Geography of Faith (1971, with Daniel Berrigan), Saving Face (1972), Farewell to the South (1972, collected articles on civil rights movement), A Spectacle Unto the World (1973), Riding Free (1973), The Old Ones of New Mexico (1973), The Buses Roll (1974), Irony in the Mind's Life: Essays on Novels by James Agee, Elizabeth Bowen, and George Eliot (1974), Headsparks (1975), William Carlos Williams: The Knack of Survival in America (1975), Mind's Fate: Ways of Seeing Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (1975), series Women of Crisis (with Jane Hallowell Coles, volume 1: Lives of Struggle and Hope, 1978; volume 2: Lives of Work and Dreams, 1980), Walker Percy: An American Search (1978), Flannery O'Connor's South (1980), Sex and the American Teenager (with Geoffrey Stokes, 1985), The Moral Life of Children (1986), The Political Life of Children (1986), Simone Weil: A Modern Pilgrimage (1987), Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion (1987), Harvard Diary: Reflection on the Sacred and the Secular (1988), The Red Wheelbarrow: Selected Literary Essays (1988), Times of Surrender: Selected Essays (1988), Learning by Example: Stories and the Moral Imagination (1989), Rumors of Separate Worlds (poetry, 1989), The Spiritual Life of Children (1990), Anna Freud: The Dream of Psychoanalysis (1992), The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism (1993), The Mind's Fate: A Psychiatrist Looks at His Profession (1995), Doing Documentary Work (1997), The Moral Intelligence of Children (1998), The Secular Mind (1999), and Lives of Moral Leadership (2000).