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‘If Columbus Had Not Crossed the Ocean …’

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Jeffrey Hart, our longtime senior editor, and an eminent professor of English, died last month at 88. I have a piece about him on our homepage. Here on the Corner, I would like to take note of a couple of things.

Over the years, I have enjoyed asking people — especially professors and the like — about their favorite professors, or most influential ones. You get some interesting answers. Some of the favorites, or most influential, are famous. Some are unknown. Some were famous during their careers and no more.

Jeff spent his freshman and sophomore years at Dartmouth and his junior and senior years at Columbia. (He took a year off between the two colleges, working in publishing.) At Columbia, he had the famous triumvirate of Trilling, Barzun, and Van Doren. At Dartmouth, there had been only one professor who “meant anything” to him, as he put it.

That was Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. His Wikipedia entry is interesting. He was born........

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