Brief biography of the book:
This book was written in the mid/late 1970s. It was
published by Oxford University Press, New York in 1979. It sold
fairly well for a while, managing about 6,000-7,000 before going out
of print in the early 1990s. It had some enthusiastic reviews, but
more were a bit puzzled by it. I'll include some quotes from reviews
below. It was reprinted in England in 1986 by Hutchinson, under the
title Individual Development and the
Curriculum, with a Foreword by Professor
Richard Pring and a new Introduction. This didn't do very well, and
Hutchinson was sold to Methuen who was bought by Routledge. Somewhere
in this process the remaining copies (about 1,000) of my book were
sold to a company in Chichester, England, who wrote in the early
1990s and asked me if I would like to buy them before they were
pulped. They offered them for, as I recall, £2 per copy. I said
I would buy them for £1 each--which I knew was more than they
would get for pulping them. I made this offer only after I had contacted a few professors
who I knew had been using Educational
Development as a course text.
sure they would like to continue using the book, even though the U.S.
version was going out of print, I set up the deal--imagining I would
make a tidy profit selling to these courses the copies I was buying for £1 each.
Having made sure they would like to continue using the book, even though the U.S. version was going out of print, I set up the deal--imagining I would make a tidy profit selling to these courses the copies I was buying for £1 each.Even though my contract with Oxford University Press was clear that the copyright of the book reverted to me, and that importing the ex-Hutchinson version--if you're still with me--would consequently not infringe any copyrights, it took a long time to settle all the North American interests before I could get back to the Chichester company and offer them cash for the books and arrange their shipping. Once the deal was agreed, the Manager at Chichester requested that the 1,000+ copies be packed and sent to me. He was informed that someone had made a mistake, and pulped the lot.
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