Memoirs of an Obscure Professor and Other Essays

Memoirs of an Obscure Professor and Other Essays

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During the heyday of McCarthyism, the Chicago Tribune, offended by something he had written, contemptuously dismissed Paul Boller as qan obscure professorq - he was then teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Some forty-five years later, reflecting on the incident, Boller wrote an essay on what it was like to be an obscure professor at one of America's less publicized campuses in a conservative community during the late 1950s and early 1960s. That essay became the foundation for this collection of autobiographical selections reflecting the interests and pursuits of a man who gained national recognition, both inside the academic community and beyond, but still values his obscurity. Whether it is a study of the much-maligned Calvin Coolidge or an account of his Navy service as a translator of Japanese during World War II, Boller brings to his writing a fresh approach and a lively and wry wit.Innocence can not endure in dance-halls, where the atmosphere is heavy with sensual music, and men and women seem to be held together with adhesive tape. ... A mena#39;s Bible class in West Virginia condemned the local aquot;Yaquot; for sponsoring a dance, pointing out that dancing was aquot;a thing and practice that will reach to the highest pinnacle known to man and pluck the brightest jewels in all the land andanbsp;...

Title:Memoirs of an Obscure Professor and Other Essays
Author:Paul F. Boller
Publisher:TCU Press - 1992-01-01


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