People, Oct. 2, 1972

The woman who became famous by studying the life of adolescents in Samoa is now examining her own youth. At 70, Anthropologist Margaret Mead is publishing her memoirs. The greatest influence on her life, she recalls, was her relationship with her paternal grandmother, who moved in with Margaret's father and his bride after their marriage and was given the best room in whatever house they lived in till her death some 30 years later. A former teacher, she "taught me observation—she started me observing my young sisters." Now a grandmother herself, Mead insists that "children need three generations to grow up...

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