Gerald Stanley Lee
. . . I began researching this man and learned that he was not even born until 1862, so was 5 when Amy was born! Clearly he was not yet writing parenting advice as biographer Block contended when Amy was a toddler. . . . (go to reference in Synesthesia p1)

Lee appears to have been an author, philosopher, teacher and pastor. But he was barely a toddler himself when Amy Beach was born, so certainly could not have been writing books of parenting advice in 1870 as biographer Block contended. Born in 1862, he coincidentally died the same year as Amy Beach - 1944.

He wrote a book, The Lost Art of Reading, which starts with Part 1: The Child and the Book, in 1907. He is also known for his The Voice of the Machines: An Introduction to the Twentieth Century, 1906 , The House of Twenty Seven Gardens (1919), The Ghost in the White (1920) and Invisible Exercise, 1922.

Adrienne Block is the primary source for biographical information about Amy Beach. That she could have "got it so wrong" with her reference to Lee as having influenced Beach's upbringing,is certainly disheartening to me. What other information in her biography of Beach is in error? This calls to question for me all biographies ever written! How many people have time to fact check all the references in them? I suppose that this is another great value of electronic writing like I am doing here - the Internet at least allows us to more quickly and easily check some references and facts. There are memoir authors today frying is discredited hell because someone uncovered a lie, a distortion of the truth, an exaggeration, a sentence or chapter written for "emotional truth conveyance," if not absolute truth telling. How many biolgraphies have in fact misled us to assumie that the included facts, and deductions derived from those facts, are truth? Does it matter? Or should we all just loosen up and be okay with the fact that all the world's a stage, and, therefore, all stories but fabricated plays, to some extent, upon that stage?