A Life in the Academy

Robert Paul Wolff

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Area: Memoir


Part One – A Harvard Education: A Memoir of the ‘50s
Chapter One: Growing Up
Chapter Two: A Harvard Education
Chapter Three: My Wanderjahr
Chapter Four: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
Chapter Five: A Martial Interlude
Chapter Six: Coming of Age in Harvard Square

Part Two – A Marriage of True Minds
Chapter Seven: Second City
Chapter Eight: A Cambridge Interlude
Chapter Nine: Columbia University in the City of New York
Chapter Ten: Rustication
Chapter Eleven: Changes

Part Three – My Once and Future Love
Chapter Twelve: I Once Was Lost But Now Am Found
Chapter Thirteen: Newlyweds
Chapter Fourteen: University Scholarships for South African Students
Chapter Fifteen: Free at Last! Free at Last! Thank God Almighty, Free at Last!
Chapter Sixteen: Life Intrudes
Chapter Seventeen: Scribble, Scribble, Scribble, Eh Mr. Gibbon?
Chapter Eighteen: Money Makes The World Go ‘Round
Chapter Nineteen: Fun Stuff

A delightful journey that takes the author from his second year of life to his seventy-fourth. Along the way, Wolff gives us an inside look at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Columbia, the University of Massachusetts, and a variety of other institutions of higher learning in the United States and South Africa.

Wolff met a number of well-known intellectuals and academics, from Bertrand Russell to Henry Kissinger to E. O. Wilson, and he seems to have almost total recall of his interactions with them.

Wolff, who is best known around the world for his little tract, In Defense of Anarchism, published twenty-one books and wrote a half dozen others. This compelling memoir offers a vivid picture of the American Academy during what will some day be looked back on as its golden years.