February 23, 2019

HIS REST SEEMS UNLIKELY TO BE TOO PEACEFUL (self-reference alert):

Jeffrey Hart, R.I.P. (THE EDITORS, February 18, 2019, National Review)

Was there a better teacher? Most of Jeff Hart's colleagues had not matriculated at Dartmouth, where he taught 18th-century English and his beloved moderns, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But we all learned from him, about these subjects and so much else, via his articles, reviews, and the flow of his casual talk. Learned, witty, spiced at times with an eyewitness touch (his story of W. H. Auden dropping his 3-by-5 cards before a lecture at Dartmouth and being too many sheets to the wind to reorder them, was priceless: Auden made some interesting points, Jeff's colleagues said, but wasn't he a bit -- disjointed?). Jeff also knew everything about tennis -- he had played Don Budge -- and college sports.

He used to wear a button across campus that said: Eat the Poor.

A number of years ago I found a copy of Willmoore Kendall's democracy: The Two Majorities in a used bookstore that the professor used to frequent. It's inscribed by Kendall's widow, thanking him for the profile that introduces that version of the book.   




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