Peter R. Pouncey

Interviewed by William H. Pritchard
June 10, 2009

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Peter R. Pouncey served as president of Amherst College, from 1984-1994, and as Edwin F. and Jessie Burnell Fobes Professor in Greek (Classics). Born in China, he relocated with his family to England and graduated from Oxford University. He was a faculty member at Columbia University in the Classics Department and later served as dean of Columbia College before coming to Amherst. He is the author of The Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides; Pessimism and his novel Rules for Old Men Waiting won the McKitterick Prize in 2006.

William H. Pritchard, class of 1953, the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, 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 lie in American and British 20th-century fiction, poetry, and criticism.

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