Pritchard in the Role of Frost
The “History Program” video features Michael Harmon ’16 alongside William H. Pritchard ’53, the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English, Emeritus. Martin asks Harmon why he initiated the recent Amherst History Series, a sequence of six talks in which Pritchard and other longtime faculty members shared their insights into the College’s past.
Pritchard tells Martin his story from the 1950s of chauffeuring Robert Frost (“Here we are on Route 2, with the Gray Eminence next to me, making conversation and keeping my eyes on the road”). Harmon reveals that hearing an earlier recording of that story is what inspired him to get to know Pritchard and to “dig into the history of this school.” He says he now thinks of Pritchard the way Pritchard thought of Frost.