Memoirs of an Obscure Professor

Memoirs of an Obscure Professor

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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.The topic fascinated me. So after completing my memoir of the McCarthy years, I started in on another essay that ended by dealing not only with my own personal little a€œbrushesa€ with history, but also with a larger topic that has yet to be studiedanbsp;...


Title:Memoirs of an Obscure Professor
Author: Paul F. Boller
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2013-05-31
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