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[xmca] Levitin's "One is not born a personality" Plus

After a good deal of effort on Andy's part and the cooperation of friends
and family of Karl Levitin, his
book the Vygotskian school in Russia, plus a monograph on their work with
the blind-deaf at Zagorsk
has now appeared in print.

The publisher's description and means of obtaining the book, are noted

 One is not Born a Personality, a Biographical History of Soviet Psychology,
by Karl Levitin with prefaces by Mike Cole and Vladimir Zinchenko
Now available from http://www.erythrospress.com/store/levitin.html

“One is Not Born A Personality” was first published in 1980, just as a
resurgence of interest in Vygotsky and his followers began in the late
1970s. This book, although long out of print, is still widely cited by
contemporary scholars interested in the development of the
“cultural-historical” school of psychology, as Vygotsky’s approach came to
be called. In part this interest stems from the fact that in his role as a
journalist, Karl Levitin was able to obtain interviews with many of the key
figures who had known and worked with Vygotsky before his death in 1934, and
who continued his tradition into the post-war era. In part interest in
Karl’s writings stems from the fact that Soviet scholars were either
entirely inaccessible to foreigners or enabled to interact with them only
under strict constraints that precluded deep understand and friendship. By
providing an account of both the intellectual contributions and
personalities of the people he wrote about, the abstractions of Soviet
psychology came alive in a special way. This publication gives readers
access to the original material, gathered through personal interviews.

Erythrós Press and Media have brought the work back into print and included
extra material. Most of the section on Meshcheryakov has been replaced by an
extended version published as “The Best Path to Man,” as published in *Soviet
Psychology* in 1979. Also included are biographical tributes to the author
by Vladimir Zinchenko and Michael Cole.

Substantial sections are devoted to the lives of Lev Vygotsky, Alexander
Luria, Alexei Nikolayevich Leontyev, Alexander Meshcheryakov and Vasili
Davydov, as well as short biographical sketches of Alvin Apraushev, Pavel
Blonsky, Lydia Bozhovich, Georgy Chelpanov, Daniil El'konin, Pyotr Galperin,
Evald Ilyenkov, Yevgania Khomskaya, Konstantin Kornilov, Nikolai Lange, Rosa
Levina, Raisa Mareyeva, Natalya Morozova, Artur Petrovsky, Sergei
Rubenstein, Georgy Schredovitsky, Olga Skorodhodova, Liya Slavina, Anatoli
Smirnov, Alexander Sokolov, Ivan Sokolyanky, Lyubov Tsvetkova, Mikhail
Yaroshevsky, Alexander Zaporozhets and Vladimir Zinchenko.

Published with permission of the Levitin Estate. *All the proceeds from the
sale of this book are paid to Karl Levitin's surviving family.*
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