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By Alan Gribben

Either a existence tale and a portrait of public larger schooling through the 20th century, "Harry Huntt Ransom" captures the spirit of a dynamic person who devoted his skills to nurturing highbrow lifestyles in Texas and past. Tracing the main points of Ransom's adolescence in Galveston and Tennessee and his schooling at Yale, the place he earned a doctorate, Alan Gribben offers new perception into the criteria that formed Ransom's destiny as a popular administrator and defender of the arts. Ransom's profession on the college of Texas all started in 1935, whilst he used to be employed as an teacher of English. He rose throughout the ranks to turn into chancellor, stepping down in 1971 in the course of a unstable interval whilst debates concerning the University's significant venture raged - fairly over the query of commercializing better education.The improvement of Ransom's lasting legacy, the arts study middle bearing his identify, is explored extensive besides. Bringing to lifestyles a mythical determine, Harry Huntt Ransom is a colorful testomony to a novel guy of letters who had the audacity to suggest 'that there be proven someplace in Texas - to illustrate within the capital urban - a centre of our cultural compass, a study centre to be the Bibliotheque Nationale of the one nation that started off as an autonomous nation'.

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27 Ransom himself, however, shortly had cause to feel grateful to the dean. indb 36 8/26/08 9:24:47 AM t h e s c hol a r Parlin was picking out certain young instructors to work as advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as one of those chosen, Ransom became what today would be termed an assistant dean. Willis Pratt, another appointee, said that Parlin asked them to help him out in the dean’s office after their classes for three or four years. Dean Parlin spoke openly to them of wanting to get some “new blood” from northern universities into the English Department rather than allowing it to continue its hallowed tradition of recruiting mainly from Southern schools.

Marion Ransom stayed behind in Sewanee after Ransom graduated from the University of the South in 1928 and was accepted into Yale University’s graduate program in English. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. indb 24 8/26/08 9:24:43 AM t e x a s , t e n n e s s e e , t r av e l s James Teague upheld the affirmative side in the annual debate between Pi Omega and Sigma Epsilon. ” Upon deliberation, the judges gave the victory to Ransom’s side. On Friday he again represented Pi Omega in winning both the medals for oratory and for the best essay.

Indb 27 8/26/08 9:24:44 AM f ig u r e 3 . ). Ransom attended Harvard Law School but did not seek a degree there. ” Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. indb 28 8/26/08 9:24:45 AM t h e s c hol a r along with directing the publication of the campus newspaper. 9 During the long winters he wrote poetry and indulged his curiosity about the large Scandinavian community. A. degree (“Yale University 1930”), and gave his address as 51 Lake Place. ” Ransom would later say that he “got into teaching and stayed in it because of the influence of early teachers.

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