The Headmaster (book)

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The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfield is a 1966 book by John McPhee, profiling Frank Boyden, the long-time headmaster of Deerfield Academy, which grew out of a magazine profile in The New Yorker.

Critical reception[edit]

The Kirkus review called the book an "effortless portrait" and wrote that it was "much more interesting" than Roger Drury's Drury of St. Paul's (1964).[1]

The Boston Globe review noted that the book was not only a depiction of Boyden, but also "a record of the touching and memorable partnership of a man and his wife."[2]

Jan Ophus wrote in Education Week in 2000 that the book should be required reading for every high school principal.[3]

ISBN 0-374-51496-8


  1. ^ "THE HEADMASTER: Frank L. Boyden Of Deerfield". Virginia Kirkus' Service. 21 November 1966. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  2. ^ McKey, John (4 December 1966). "Giant Without Peer". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Ophus, Jan (4 October 2000). "Homage to a headmaster". Education Week (20.5). Retrieved 18 December 2015.