Edwin Miller

"I hadn't read War and Peace or the Brothers Karamotzov or any of those Russian novels. But I remember one summer teaching () when I read War and Peace.

"When I taught literature there were some girls who had read a lot and some who hadn't. If a girl hadn't read a lot of literature, the book to start her on was Jane Eyre. They all loved Jane Eyre. Sometimes a girl who hadn't read a lot would get into the middle of a book and say, 'I can't read the rest of this. Isn't there something else I can do?' and I would say, 'Have you got to the murder yet?' and they would say, 'Why, no!' and then go off and read the rest of the book. Then they would come to me and say, 'There was no murder,' and I'd say, 'I never said there was. I said, "Have you got to the murder". It was a dirty trick, but they got through the book.

"A man, a high school teacher from Illinois, came here for summer school. Afterwards, he wrote to me and asked me to write a letter of reference for him. He was applying for a grant at a Scandanavian school, Sweden, I think.

"I wrote back and said I'd be happy to write a letter for him, but I knew nothing about him. So I asked him to write a letter to me telling about himself. He did, and I wrote the letter.

"It was one of the few times I got the envelopes mixed up and I sent a scolding letter that was intended for him to the Scandanavian school, and the letter of reference I sent to him. A few weeks later, I got a letter from the school, saying that if I thought enough of him to scold him, he must be a fine fellow, and they gave him the job."

"Augusta was the secretary of the Romance Languages Department at the University for many years, and had to be at work at 8:00 and I had to take her to work, because she never drove. So I always gave myself an 8:00 class to teach. After she retired, I never taught a class before 10:00."