GRADUATE STUDIES AND SPORT
IT is commonly said that during the first few years after birth we learn more than in any later period of equal duration; but it seems to me that during the ten years from 1883 to 1893 I made more mental progress than in any other decade of my life.
I passed from boyhood to manhood. I entered the University in 1883, was graduated in 1887 with special honours in English and in Philosophy and with Phi Beta Kappa; then followed a year's graduate study with the tremendous experience of Schopenhauer; and during that year my religious faith was permanently directed and inspired by Henry Drummond. The next year I taught in a boys' school, a valuable experience which also determined my life work; another year of graduate study with a summer in Europe, and on a bicycle; then came residence at Harvard, the first year as a graduate student. I took the degrees of M. A. at Harvard and Ph. D. at Yale; in my second year at Harvard began my professional work as a college teacher. In 1892 I began teaching at Yale; in 1893 published my first book, The Beginnings of the English Romantic Movement; and in the Christmas vacation of 1892-3 I was married.
As I look back on those ten years, a great deal seems to have happened. I began them as a boy, uncertain of the future; I ended them as a married man, living in my house, a member of the Yale Faculty, and the author of a book.