Richard Snyder - Biography and Works

Richard Snyder was born in New York in 1916 and he was educated at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He began his career as administrative secretary of war and peace studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

He has taught in several universities in the United States. He taught politics at Princeton University and Northwestern University. Snyder served as dean and professor of administration and political science at UC Irvine and chaired the political science panel of the California Social Science Study Commission. He has written and co-authored a number of books on political topics, like Roots of Political Behavior (1949), National and International Decision Making (1961), American Foreign Policy and Theory and Research on the Causes of War (1969). He died in 1997.

His poem "A Mongoloid Child Handling Shells on the Beach" (1979) is taken from A Keeping in Touch. It presents a beautiful contrast between the normal and the mongoloid children by an economic use of metaphor. It is clear to see which side the poet's sympathies lie. This is an example of a poem where the title is indispensable for discovering meaning.

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