HARVARD by Charles A. Wagner

HARVARD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the American College and University Serve, this is a cum laude perspective on this institution which dates back in time to the mid 17th century and to a tradition of liberality of learning, of individualism which was sometimes irresponsible-- so it was said-sometimes irreverent but always active. Here are the famous presidents from the Mathers to Channing, Everett, Eliot, Lowell Conant; the famous teachers- among them Kittredge, Agassiz, Santayana, Lowes, Hooton; the famous students, Emerson, Thoreau, Lowell, Holmes, the Adamses and the Roosevelts, O'Neill and Thomas Wolfe. This follows also the history of the college which eventually became a university, its expansion and extension, the introduction of the elective system of studies, its endowments, clubs, sports, its participation in political issues and wars, its book burnings and rebellions, and the many changes and advances through the years. A biography in terms of vested names and accomplishments, this highlights an impeccable, impregnable institution and allows no spotting of that old school tie.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1950
Publisher: Dutton