Dead poets society : a novel

by N. H. Kleinbaum

Paper Book, 1989



Call number

HU 9800 K64 D2



New York : Bantam Books, c1989.


Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to 'make your lives extraordinary! Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society--a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment count. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams? But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams?… (more)

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LibraryThing member kellythomas2012
I’m not exactly sure what to think of Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum. I mean, I really liked it; I gave it a five-star rating, but I’m not sure what to say about it. In the beginning, I thought it was stupid. I couldn’t imagine boys crying and acting so childishly. Then I realized that
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these boys are in high school, some in middle school. I took a look around at my own students and realized that it wasn’t such a stretch to imagine this actually happening.

I hope to someday be a teacher like Mr. Keating. He taught those boys what really mattered--themselves. Dead Poets Society teaches all people a lesson. For adults, it teaches that we must be accepting of the individual, not only of his or her personality, but also his or her beliefs, wants, and needs. For teenagers, it teaches that each has a voice, but that it takes a lot to be heard. For teachers, it teaches that understanding ourselves and our students is more important that memorizing Latin verbs or how to tell which poem is better and why. All poetry is good; it all spoke to someone at one point.

I believe that this is an important book and that all teenagers/pre-teens should read it. I don’t believe that it should be forced down their throats, but I do believe that its message is clear.
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LibraryThing member Jenn.S
Again, try to separate a movie from a novel with the same name before an opinion is formed. The book alone is touching in all the right ways, makes you smile, laugh and cry then feel great for the experience. Certainly an enjoyable read that will not only be memorable but allow you to hold that
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unique experience someplace special for the rest of your life.
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LibraryThing member sriddell
O Captain! My Captain!

Wonderful novelization of the movie. I didn't realize until partway through that this book was based on the movie and not the other way around.

Either way, nice book. The movie is better, and in fact I pictured the scenes from the movie as I read along.


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Physical description

166 p.; 18 cm


0553282980 / 9780553282986
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