LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls resident Dick Friedrich has published a collection of his writings with the title, “I Taught: My Life, My Art.”
Friedrich is a retired professor of English who, over his career, taught for 50 years.
Holding degrees from St. Procopius College and the University of Wisconsin, Friedrich started out in university teaching and found his way to community college teaching because of his interest in teaching writing. He taught in the Midwest and in New York, and served on the boards of several regional and national professional organizations. During that time, he wrote for theater, professional publications and newspapers. This collection includes those pieces as well as personal essays and poetry. Friedrich selected from a lifetime of writing to present this journey of the mind.
Including a selection of non-fiction, poetry and drama, Friedrich’s book reads as a memoir of 50 years of thought, experience and teaching. It can be picked it up on any page and read, or read from the beginning straight through. The work presents a look at teaching, war, family, and the reality of human mortality.
Prompted by the casual suggestion from his son that the grandchildren would want a way to know more about their grandfather when they grow up, Friedrich realized he had a body of material that could be structured into a book. Working with several editors, he selected and organized the material into a cohesive sampling of his previously published and unpublished work.
The book is available locally at The Mustard Seed in the Stone Mill in Canal Place in Little Falls or through Amazon.com.