A Goodly Fellowship

A Goodly Fellowship

A Goodly Fellowship

A Goodly Fellowship

Excerpt

This book is the story of a life spent in teaching. I know it well, for it is my own. I have taught now for thirty years, beginning in a rural school on the coast of Maine, concluding, although happily not ending, in Smith College. The course of these years marks not so much promotion as a normal sort of progression, since in my experience a teacher is a teacher wherever placed, and the interest aroused and held in the college classroom essentially no different from that excited and kept in the country school. In other words, the personal resources of the teacher, always more important than the intellectual, the compensations, and the fun, are very much the same.

I write this book partly because I have been encouraged to write it by persons whom I respect, mostly because I shall have a good time doing so. The first reason I state in the desire to absolve myself from the presumption always latent, to me at least, in autobiographical narratives by those relatively unimportant; the second reason is the real one. Teaching has been, and is, the good life to me; and, if only for my own pleasure, I shall enjoy . . .

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