Margaret Mead

1901 (Philadelphia) – 1978 (New York)

Boas (who was hugely influential) and Benedict taught Mead, Benedict in particular becoming a lifelong friend and, it is now accepted, sometime lover. Sapir, Benedict and Mead shared a love of poetry, reading and commenting on each others’ verse. Hurston was also a professional colleague, while Baldwin collaborated on a book about race. Bateson was her third husband, whose photo she kept by her until death; Lévi-Strauss (then lesser-known than her) met her when he exiled himself in New York; Maslow regarded her as his mentor.

Margaret Mead knew…