Academic Child

A Memoir

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About the Book

A leading scholar of English romanticism and literary theory and criticism, Hazard Adams writes of a lifetime as a student, a teacher and an academic administrator. The child of academically-minded parents, both teachers at Cleveland’s Hawken School, Adams tells of his family’s experiences at Hawken and later Seattle’s Lakeside School, then his Marine Corps service and education at Princeton and the University of Washington. In addition to an illuminating account of his academic career—his experiences researching and teaching in Ireland, his administrative work in the founding faculty at the University of California’s Irvine campus, and finally his experiences under the first endowed professorship in the humanities at the University of Washington—the memoir also voyages into memories of family, friends and colleagues and offers singularly well-informed comments on the current state of higher education and the academic experience.

About the Author(s)

Professor emeritus at the University of Washington’s department of comparative literature, Hazard Adams lives in Shelton, Washington. He is known internationally as a scholar of William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Joyce Cary, and the history of criticism.

Bibliographic Details

Hazard Adams
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 278
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4011-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5222-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. Cleveland: Hawken      3
2. Seattle: Where’s The Lake? Lakeside 1      19
3. Lakeside 2      32
Excursus: The Literate and the Literary      51
4. USMC      59
5. Higher Ed: Washington and Princeton      71
6. Dublin, 1951, 1962, and Beyond      94
7. Academic Travailer      114
Excursus: Academic Entrepreneurship      142
8. Making a Campus: UCI 1      146
9. Administrative Adventure: UCI 2      171
Excursus: It’s a Bum’s Game      196
10. In the Pacific Northwest      198
11. Books and Other Things      223
12. The Future; or, the Mother of All Excursuses      237
13. L’Envoi      261

Index      263