With a Daughter’s Eye: Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson

Margaret Mead and her third husband, Gregory Bateson, in 1936, had a daughter, Mary Catherine, who also became an anthropologist. She wrote this memoir “With a Daughter’s Eye, on her mother and herself. The marriage of the parents dissolved in 1950, but their friendship lasted to the end of her lifetime. She did not marry again.

In With a Daughter’s Eye, writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson looks back on her extraordinary childhood with two of the world’s legendary anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.

This deeply human portrait sheds new light on her parents’ prodigious achievements. This poignant book is a candid memoir of a unique family by the only person who could have written it.

The many controversies surrounding Margaret Mead increased both her visibility and popularity, and made her one of the more famous women in history, at least in the 20th century. She was a regular columnist for Redbook magazine as well as often being asked to speak on radio shows. She served as curator of ethnology at of the American Museum of Natural History in New York from 1946 to1969 and as an adjunct professor at Columbia University from 1954 to 1978. She founded Fordham University’s anthropology department while a professor there and was also a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island.

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