Education: Fall in Love

When he was teaching about Sam Johnson, Professor Chauncey Tinker seemed a good deal like the great Samuel himself. He was a crisp and courtly figure, far from the "man of most dreadful appearance" Boswell wrote about, but he spoke in coffee-house prose, and like Johnson, he knew how to command attention. For more than 25 years, Chauncey Brewster Tinker's Yale classroom was one of the two or three most popular on campus.

"I shall be remembered," Chauncey Tinker once remarked with a wave of his hand, "for my students. These are my jewels."...

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