Two. A Kid Grows in Queens and Manhattan
This chapter begins by introducing Robert Schuman, Bill's younger brother. Robert was mentally retarded, and the impact of his retardation upon the family is explored. From there, the chapter looks at Schuman's love of three things: music (particularly his violin lessons as a teenager), baseball, and reading. An early composition, the Three Songs without Words for Violin and Piano, is discussed, as well as Schuman's talents as a singer. Schuman's junior high and high school careers are discussed, with an emphasis on an early literary effort, “College Chums,” on his high-spirited nature that occasionally led him into trouble, and on early signs that he would grow up to be a self-confident leader.
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