The Bachelor of Arts makes the following mention of the course in novel reading being instituted at Yale:
"An educational experiment that starts at Yale this fall is the course in modern novels under Dr. William Lyon Phelps. The purpose of it is to teach students to read standard novels in such a way as to strengthen their faculties instead of debauching them. The course is popular, as might be expected. It would have rejoiced the heart of the late Professor Boyesen and encouraged that good man to hope that modern education was about to turn out novel readers sufficiently stout of heart and of stern enough discipline to tackle the tales of the American realists."