William H. Pritchard

Interviewed by Rand R. Cooper
August 15, 2002

Please note: This oral history contains offensive language.

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William H. Pritchard is Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, emeritus. He graduated from Amherst with a degree in philosophy in 1953. 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. Richly intertwined with these is his attention to Amherst's own history; 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.

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