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I have tried since I was an undergraduate, without much success, to interest others in Randall Jarrell's witty and epigrammatic academic novel, Pictures from an Institution. It gives me pleasure on every page.

Today let me tempt you with a tidbit, a single sentence (that hits a little close to home) about Dr. Whittaker, a sociologist at Jarrell's fictional college:

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"Each sentence lived its appointed term, died mourned by its people, and was succeeded by a legitimate heir."

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