Education: Great Books for Grown-Ups

The "100 Great Books" had long ago scored a smash hit before the undergrads on the University of Chicago's Midway 'TIME, Oct. 24,1938). Last week it was on he road, to play to adults, on a four-city circuit. Chicago's Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins expects the idea to spread, within five years, to 150,000 people in 36 cities.

To speed its way, its students learn without paying, then teach new students without pay. The man who runs Chicago's experiment in adult education is slim John Barden, 32, assistant dean of Chicago's extension school, who is...