Education: The Walpologist

With a twinkle in his eye and mock solemnity in his voice, handsome, white-haired Wilmarth S. Lewis gazed at his New Haven audience and declared: "The year 1933 is memorable for three events: Hitler's accession to full power, the first Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt, and the start of the Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence. Ladies and gentlemen, which of these events is, so to say, still going strong?"

Horace Walpole's correspondence, of course. No one knows it better than Lewis, a remarkably dedicated scholar who has kept the extraordinary project going since...

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