December 15, 1996 |
"Bartleby, the Scrivener," a story Herman Melville wrote when his popular reputation had already undergone serious erosion, begins with a disclaimer by the lawyer-narrator that could be prophetic for any potential Melville biographer: "I believe that no materials exist, for a full and satisfactory biography of this man. It is an irreparable loss to literature.
December 31, 1994 |
The president of Johns Hopkins University is leaving to head the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "The fit was extremely good," said William C. Richardson, university president since July, 1990. Richardson, 54, will become president of the nation's second-largest foundation on Aug. 1. He succeeds Russell G. Mawby, who is retiring after 25 years.
December 18, 1994 |
A radical English reformer, and widower of the eminently nonconforming feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin was shocked when their 17-year-old daughter, Mary, eloped in 1814 with a married man. He refused to receive them. It was only when Percy Bysshe Shelley's wife, Harriet, regularized matters by drowning herself in the Serpentine that he relented. Magnanimously, he agreed to the lovers' marrying, and went on to ask his son-in-law for money.
December 22, 1992 |
Johns Hopkins University announced Monday that it has received a $50-million challenge grant, the largest donation for arts and sciences ever made to any university. The Krieger Fund, founded by Baltimore lawyer and investor Zanvyl Krieger, a Hopkins alumnus, will match--dollar for dollar up to $50 million--every donation made in the next five years to the financially pinched School of Arts and Sciences. Hopkins President William C.
March 15, 1991 |
Federal investigators who uncovered research funding abuses at Stanford University plan to swoop down next on UC Berkeley, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, a knowledgeable congressional aide said Thursday. Another team is considering an investigation of USC and the University of Pennsylvania, the aide said.
February 23, 1991 |
Johns Hopkins University, home of one of the nation's most prestigious medical schools, decided Friday to sell its holdings in tobacco companies, saying the investments undermine its effort to fight cancer. "The holding of tobacco stocks is incompatible with the university's mission to disseminate information on the treatment and prevention of disease and illness," the trustees said in a statement after the unanimous vote. Hopkins will sell stocks and bonds valued at $5.
December 30, 1990 |
When he was a graduate student sweating out his dissertation on Blake, Zachary Leader got the idea for this multidisciplinary exploration of writer's block. This dread literary ailment afflicts lowly Ph.D. candidates no less than great authors, often driving victims crazy or to drink. Coleridge took opium. Hemingway shot himself.
August 13, 1989 |
The cluster of qualities that first strike the reader of Tom Disch's poems--robust skepticism and realism, urbane wit, rueful irony, formal elegance--has not characterized much post-war U.S. poetry. By contrast these qualities have been repeatedly found together in post-war British poetry. Ever since the Movement--Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Donald Davie (see Page 6), Thomas Gunn--took control in the early '50s, British expectations about poetry have been molded by these characteristics.
June 1, 1989 |
Owen Lattimore, a China scholar who was accused by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1950 of being "the top Soviet espionage agent in the United States," died here Wednesday. He was 88. Lattimore, who suffered a stroke last year, had been in failing health the past two weeks, relatives said. Lattimore grew up in China, and spent nearly 25 years in the Far East. In March, 1950, McCarthy made his much-quoted assertion that Lattimore was the nation's top communist sympathizer. The Wisconsin Republican later toned down his charge to "one of the top" agents.