Walter B. Pitkin
|Born||February 6, 1878|
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||January 25, 1953|
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Education||University of Michigan|
Walter Boughton Pitkin (February 6, 1878 – January 25, 1953) was an American author and university professor. He taught at Columbia University for 38 years, and he authored more than 30 books, including the 1932 best-selling book, Life Begins at Forty.
Pitkin was born on February 6, 1878, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1900, and he attended the Hartford Seminary before studying in Europe at the Sorbonne University, Munich University and Berlin University.
Pitkin and his wife Mary Gray Pitkin had five sons: Richard G., John G., David B., Robert B., and Walter B Pitkin Jr. The elder Pitkin later married Katherine B. Johnson. They resided in Los Altos, California. Pitkin died on January 25, 1953, in Palo Alto, California, at age 74.
Pitkin authored more than 30 books over the course of his career, including Life Begins at Forty (New York, Whittlesey house, McGraw-Hill, 1932) and The Psychology of Happiness. His A Short Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity was translated into fifteen languages. Pitkin was a member of the New Realism school in philosophy, writing on its relation to biology.
- How To Write Stories (1923)
- The Art Of Rapid Reading (1929)
- The Psychology Of Happiness (1929)
- A Short Introduction To The History Of Human Stupidity (1932)
- Life Begins At Forty (1932)
- More Power To You! (1933)
- Let's Get What We Want! (1935)
- Capitalism Carries On (1935)
- Making Good Before Forty (1939)
- On My Own (1944)
- The Best Years: How to Enjoy Retirement (1946)
- "Walter B. Pitkin Is Dead; Write 'Life Begins at 40'". Lansing State Journal. January 27, 1953. p. 24. Retrieved February 6, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Walter Pitkin, Famed Writer, Dies in Palo Alto". Oakland Tribune. January 26, 1953. p. 4. Retrieved February 6, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Entries in the Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers". Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-12.