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Memoirs of an Obscure Professor
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During the heyday of McCarthyism, the Chicago Tribune, offended by something he had written, contemptuously dismissed Paul Boller as "an obscure professor" - he was then teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Some forty-five years later, reflecting on the incident, Boller wrote an essay on what it was like to be an obscure professor at one of America's less publicized campuses in a conservative community during the late 1950s and early 1960s. That essay became the foundation for this collection of autobiographical selections reflecting the interests and pursuits of a man who gained national recognition, both inside the academic community and beyond, but still values his obscurity. Whether it is a study of the much-maligned Calvin Coolidge or an account of his Navy service as a translator of Japanese during World War II, Boller brings to his writing a fresh approach and a lively and wry wit.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. McCarthy Days in Texas
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. 2. Some Brushes with History: Handling the Japanese Language During World War II
  2. pp. 35-72
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  1. 3. Movie Music: The Sound of Silents
  2. pp. 73-96
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  1. 4. The Bright Side of Calvinism: Those Coolidge Stories
  2. pp. 97-120
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  1. 5. Purlings and Platitudes: H. L. Mencken's Americana
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. 6. The Quotatious Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. 7. History and War: Beard and Batault
  2. pp. 159-172
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  1. 8. Hiroshima and the American Left: August 1945
  2. pp. 173-204
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  1. 9. Academic Anecdotes
  2. pp. 205-236
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  1. 10. Afterthoughts
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. A Note on Sources
  2. pp. 241-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-257
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