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Audio Interview with Kendall Hailey

An autodidact (pronounced auto-dI-dact) is a person who is self-taught. In her book, The Day I Became an Autodidact and the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell Me Thereafter, Kendall Hailey describes her risky journey for teaching herself, instead of seeking a formal education. In this interview, she is only twenty-one years old, and has been an autodidact for about five years.

The road to becoming an autodidact started when she was given a mandatory summer reading list after the 10th grade. Appalled that she would have to take away her summer freedom for more class work, she decided that formal school was not her cup of tea. She completed high school as quickly as possible (she graduated one year early) and then proceeded to teach herself with the support from her family. She found that she loved ordering herself around and thoroughly enjoyed being able to follow her interests and passions.

To hear more about Hailey’s unconventional learning style, click on the link below.

Listen to the Kendall Hailey interview with Don Swaim, April 1, 1988
(13 min. 34 sec.)

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For over a decade, many of the best writers of the English language found their way onto Don Swaim's daily two-minute CBS Radio show, Book Beat. His New York-based program was derived from longer interviews, sometimes 40-minutes in length. Found exclusively here, Wired for Books proudly webcasts these conversations in their entirety using RealAudio.

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