An oldtime newspaperman once said to Stringfellow Barr: "You know the trouble with the present generation? They've never read the minutes of the previous meeting."

For nine years at tiny St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., Stringfellow ("Winkie") Barr has helped his students catch up on the minutes of mankind's most memorable meetings: the "100 Great Books," from Homer to Bertrand Russell. (His list, which is flexible, differs from the University of Chicago's, now numbers 109.) Last week President Barr announced he was quitting St. John's, going off somewhere else to start a new college—almost exactly like the one he was leaving.


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