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"Rich Kids" (1978) Summary and Analysis

Dr. Robert Coles, a child psychiatrist and author of a series of books on children of migrant workers, Eskimos, Appalachians, deals with well-off children in Privileged Ones, the last in his series, Children of Crisis. Because he firmly believes that Dr. Cole's heart is "so entirely in all the right places (mouth, boots, upon the sleeve), Vidal confesses that he agrees with his large themes of economic injustice, children, Middle America.

Coles does not challenge the reader to think, as would Plato, by asking questions but rather makes the reader feel by compiling dozens of interviews with many children over the years, "an enjoyable if somewhat questionable technique." However, Vidal praises it as "a work of high seriousness, and a great deal of labor if not work has gone into [it]."

Although Coles goes...

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