Books: Winkle in Academe

PURELY ACADEMIC (304 pp.)—String-fellow Barr—Simon & Schuster ($3.95).

Perhaps no educator willing to rush into print thinks as little of U.S. education as Stringfellow Barr. Now professor of humanities at Rutgers, he has taught at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, pioneered (with Hutchins and Adler) the Great Books idea, served as president of Great Books-oriented St. John's College in Maryland. At 60, "Winkie" Barr has committed a first novel. Not surprisingly, it is about life among professors, and even less surprisingly, it says that U.S. professors, students, college presidents and trustees are a sorry lot.

Author Barr's hero is one Professor...

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