Education: Junior

Harvard last week hired a new associate professor of history. He was only 28, had neither master's nor doctor's degree, and little teaching experience. But Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.'s credentials were good.

His bestselling, brilliant Age of Jackson (TIME, Oct. 22) was a likely contender for a Pulitzer Prize in history this year. And though Arthur Sr., 30 years older, has been a full professor of American history at Harvard since 1925, nobody would accuse Arthur Jr. of trading on his father's reputation.

Junior is a genial, hair-triggered young man who prepped at a Cambridge...

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