Illusions Unhugged

Princeton's Christian Gauss, 69, who started out to be a poet and ended as a famed, judiciously quizzical dean, emerged from retirement last week to wing a few cloth-yard shafts at the target of U.S. education. The onlookers at Princeton—about 75 secondary-schoolmen —had to admit that he hit the target with some smacking bull's-eyes. Said Dean Gauss:

"Much in American history happened before 1776 or 1492. The birth of Christ in Palestine still arouses a deeper emotional response in Americans than even the Fourth of July. . . . The Athenian Plato, the Spaniard Cervantes, the English Shakespeare,...

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