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The arguer stepped down from his soap box. ” One of his students was a night watchman who lived on a barge in the East River and did his reading at the Public Library on 42nd Street. ” Carnegie viewed the downtown Great Books classes as “experimental,” and they lasted for only two academic years, 1926–1927 and 1927–1928. Within just a few years, Adler, Buchanan, and McKeon would be reunited at the University of Chicago. 1586484873_beam 8/22/08 9:26 AM Page 23 TWO THE ODD COUPLE HERE IS A LOVELY, revealing story of how Mortimer Adler, the son of a Washington Heights jewelry salesman, first met Robert Maynard Hutchins, the refined child of a high-minded Presbyterian clergyman.
During the first three hours, they discussed evidence. Hutchins was interested in the legal exceptions to the hearsay rule: for instance, the occasional allowance of deathbed proclamations as evidence, on the grounds that men and women rarely lie when facing their Maker. ” As evening gathered, Maude Hutchins invaded her husband’s office with her baby daughter in a perambulator, took the men home, and started pouring martinis. The subject of evidence was soon forgotten. Years later, Adler remembered a Proustian moment in his first encounter with the beautiful, “lithesome” Maude: “She exuded the pungent scent of the plasticene that she had been modeling.
1586484873_beam 8/22/08 9:26 AM Page 43 T h e G re a t B o o ks i n th e G ra y C i ty from the educational ideology of the Middle Ages, Hutchins divided learning into four arts: natural, useful, liberal, and fine arts. ). ” Facts are the enemy, Hutchins railed, in several highly publicized university speeches of the early 1930s. “Facts are the core of an anti-intellectual curriculum. . Facts do not solve problems. . ” The university’s scientists and social scientists had no doubt who the “gadgeteers and data collectors” were.
A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books by Alex Beam