Up the Down Staircase

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bel Kaufman

Narrated By: Barbara Rosenblat

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2014

Duration: 8 hours 58 minutes


Bel Kaufman’s Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prizewinning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom.

Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents—anyone concerned about public education. Bel Kaufman lets her characters speak for themselves through memos, letters, directives from the principal, comments by students, notes between teachers, and papers from desk drawers and wastebaskets, evoking a vivid picture of teachers fighting the good fight against all that stands in the way of good teaching.

“Merely the most excellent and truthful picture of a contemporary American teacher’s life that we are likely to have for a long time to come.”—Life


Up the Down Staircase

by Bel Kaufman

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Up the Down Staircase, Bel Kaufman