Books: A Most Famous Anthropologist

MARGARET MEAD: A LIFE by Jane Howard; Simon & Schuster; 527 pages; $19.95 WITH A DAUGHTER'S EYE by Mary Catherine Bateson; Morrow; 242 pages; $15.95

She isn't planning to be the best anthropologist, but she is planning to be the most famous," the elegant anthropologist Ruth Benedict once observed of her prize student at Barnard.

Few predictions by a teacher have proved to be more accurate. A half-century later, just before her death in 1978, Margaret Mead had become so famous that a lot of people who read her column in Redbook or saw...

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