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.... Laytona#39;s secretaries, putting it in dispatch form as he did so for transmittal to all the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. Translating the document was, in fact, quite easy, particularly since some of us already knew a great deal about the composition of the Japanese navy and about ... and I knew better than to call attention to the discrepancy between his original instructions and his present ones.
|Title||:||Memoirs of an Obscure Professor|
|Author||:||Paul F. Boller|
|Publisher||:||Texas A&M University Press - 2013-05-31|