Education: Gentle Scholar

In his 43 years at Princeton, thousands of students had come to know George McLean Harper—and hundreds never forgot him. They had listened to his dry, earnest voice over a classroom lectern, or heard him read aloud a favorite poet in his sun-patched garden. They knew him as an erect and kindly man who loved all that was good in men & books. Sometimes, over milk and cakes in his garden, he would begin a quiet discussion of Milton or Sainte-Beuve, and would soon become so excited by a point that his chair would...

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