By Noel Perrin
Certainly one of America's best essayists writes approximately forty literary masterpieces which have been wrongfully forgotten or have been neglected within the first position.
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Young instructors pretty much live day-to-day and can no more imagine themselves old professors than young football players can imagine themselves old coaches. Despite that, a little piece of my mind raced ahead to the time when (supposing I got tenure) I might get invited to pick five books for the case. I instantly knew that I would pick them Wolfenden stylethat is, not trying to impress anyone with the loftiness of my taste or the rigor of my professionalism but merely calling attention to favorite books.
The shah's new road incorporated untold thousands of pagan gravestones as fill; one very early mountain castle she visited had had surviving rooms until just a few years before when an unusually daring tribesman had climbed up to examine it. " Freya Stark can be regarded as preserver as much as thief. She got her skull, incidentally, and it is right now in a museum in Baghdad. Or take the second trip, which was a literal treasure hunt. A young Lurish exile in Baghdad came to her with a map. It had been made by a tribesman of his father's, who had found a cave "with twenty cases of gold ornaments, daggers, coins, and idols" and brought his chief as much as he could conceal in his clothing for proof.
From age sixteen on, his journal gradually expanded to include all the things that interested him. For example, there were girls. Barbellion adored girls, both in the reverent Victorian fashion, and in every other fashion you can think of. He even adored them scientifically. Once in Devonshire he spent an evening with a girl named Mary, and achieved a modest degree of intimacy. Afterwards he wrote in his journal, "I hope to goodness she doesn't think I want to marry her. In the Park in the dark, kissing her.
A reader's delight by Noel Perrin