Edward Rowland Sill: His Life and Work

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II

HIS LIFE AT COLLEGE

SILL entered Yale in his seventeenth year, a moderately tall, slender youth decidedly handsome, with brown hair, gray eyes, and the stamp of personality which marked him off at once from the crowd. "We haven't got much of a class," wrote one of his classmates ( Governor Baldwin) in his diary, "but Sill is somewhat of a genius, to be sure." Before the middle of the Freshmen year this was the accepted view of him. At the first trials of literary ability -- the class song competition -- Sill was seen to be easily first, and he soon took a special place among his classmates, which he kept. He was no athlete, and far from being the jovial good fellow, but he took his part in the sports and amusements of the college, played a creditable game of baseball, and held his own in the little world of the campus. The accounts given of him by his contemporaries indicate that he led a free, open life, never unduly hampered by college rules and regulations, reading a good deal in a desultory fashion, and, like Lowell at Harvard, getting rusticated for neglect of college exercises. It is entered upon the records

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Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Preface vi
  • Contents viii
  • Illustrations x
  • Edward Rowland Sill - Ancestry and Youth 1
  • II - His Life at College 12
  • III - The Voyage 'Round the Horn 36
  • IV - California 51
  • V - Settling Down 86
  • VI - Teaching in California 131
  • VII - Man of Letters 190
  • VIII - The Craftsman 220
  • IX - Ave Atque Vale 295
  • Index 305
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