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The accession of Professor Bliss Perry to the leadership of English A, marks a new change in a course which has had eminent tutelage under Dean Briggs, Dean Greenough, and Professor Murray. It is expected that the expansion so beneficially begun by Professor Murray in his installation of weekly lectures will take form in a definite literary emphasis under Professor Perry.
This shift of weight from chiefly rhetorical training to an introduction to literature is significant in its substitution of college education proper for preparatory school features. It presupposes more scholastic training in composition and prepares to make its further training in composition more a reflection of literary appreciation than the product of rules well-learned.
The man selected for the change is one whose whole bearing coincides with the necessities of the case. Freshmen will find from the lecture platform that Professor Perry is a personality as well as a professor.
Through years of instruction, he has proved himself in the words of President Lowell, "a teacher with a rare gift for making delight in literature contagious." His guidance ought to fulfill the promise that English A is to grow into a maturer course.
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