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William Pritchard 1953

William Pritchard was interviewed by Rand Cooper on August 15, 2002 . Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request

William H. Pritchard is a Henry Clay Folger Professor of English.  He graduated from Amherst with a degree in philosophy.  After earning his Ph.D. in English from Harvard, he returned to Amherst as an instructor in 1958.  Pritchard's academic interests line in American and British 20-century fiction, poetry, and criticism.  Richly intertwined with these is his attention to Amherst's own history and in 2006 he edited English at Amherst: A History, by the late Theodore Baird.  His own books include biographies of Robert Frost, John Updike, and Randall Jarrell, collections of critical essays and an autobiography, English Papers. (Amherst Magazine, summer 2006)

Rand R. Cooper, Class of 1980, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, a film critic for Commonweal, and the author of two works of fiction.

  • Pritchard talks about his student years at Amherst:


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  • Pritchard describes teaching English:


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  • Pritchard talks about Robert Frost:


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  • Pritchard about the relationship between teaching and writing:


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