Gordon Allport and the Legend of “Rinehart”

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  • David G. Winter

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  • I am grateful to Abigail Stewart and Alan Elms for discussion of the ideas and interpretations of this article, and to Casey Smith for searching the Richard Dorson papers at the Lilly Library of Indiana University, Naturally, the responsibility for what I have written remains my own.

Address correspondence to David G. Winter, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109.

ABSTRACT

Gordon Allport's prize-winning junior-year essay on the Harvard “Rinehart” legend contains several features that are different from all other versions of the legend, most notably in the motives attributed to Rinehart and the responses of the students to him. These changes, it is argued, reflect the influence of Allport's own personality and values, as manifested in his adult life and academic career.

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