Spring 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 2 FictionApril 1, 1946 |

A Bitter Farce

The summer was a very difficult summer for Mr. Fish, youthful teacher of composition and author of promise. He had never before taught in the wet heat of summer, and now he was teaching Navy students, some of whom had been in action in the Pacific. He also taught a class of girls which differed in no way from his former classes in composition. It was soon clear to Mr. Fish that the students of the Navy must be taught elementary things carefully and clearly. Yet such was the heat and the difficulty of teaching during the summer that he was quickly drawn from discussions of spelling and grammar to other matters, matters which are sometimes referred to as topics of the day. Soon the two Navy classes regarded Mr. Fish as an authority. The reason or reasons for this view were obscure both to Mr. Fish and his students. It was a view vague, strong and general; and Mr. Fish thought that perhaps his worn indifference had entered into his tone when he expressed opinions, and thus impr

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In 1959, Delmore Schwartz became the youngest recipient of the Bollingen Prize, awarded for a collection of poetry published that year, Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems. Three years later, he was teaching at Syracuse University when KR published a selection of new poems.

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