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Neill, A S

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1883-1973) UK educationist who gained fame for revolutionary theories about the teaching of children and who cofounded the International School – which operated initially on the Continent from 1921, then (from 1924) under the name Summerhill in the UK – to put them into practice. Fictionalized accounts like A Dominie's Log (1916) and its sequels popularized his arguments, and his sf novel, The Last Man Alive (1938), was read aloud to his pupils. The Disaster (see Last Man) it recounts is readable but unoriginal. [JC]

Alexander Sutherland Neill

born Forfar, Scotland: 17 October 1883

died Aldeburgh, Suffolk: 23 September 1973


  • The Last Man Alive (London: Herbert Jenkins, 1938) [illus/Sonia Araquistain/hb/Alfred E Kerr]


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