Publisher description for The headmaster's dilemma / Louis Auchincloss.


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The Headmaster's Dilemma shows Mr. Auchincloss returning to the subject of his most famous novel, The Rector of Justin. Published in 1964, that novel took the form of a fictional biography, giving the reader the full life story of a much beloved and revered, if also feared, headmaster of an exclusive New England prep school. In The Headmaster's Dilemma, we see up close what happens when a school's ideals and founding principles collide with the exigencies of change.

The Headmaster's Dilemma is the story of what happens when Michael Sayre, the handsome, avant-garde headmaster of Averhill, the great New England prep school, is faced with a school administrator's worst nightmare: a lawsuit brought by fervent parents in response to an incident involving their son and an upperclassman. To make matters worse, Michael is losing support from both the board of trustees--led by the conniving Donald Spencer--and senior faculty members. With the help of his supportive wife, Michael attempts to right these wrongs, while keeping Averhill's best interests in mind.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
School principals -- Fiction.
Preparatory schools -- Fiction.
New England -- Fiction.