Saturday, October 13, 2007

William Safire on Jacques Barzun at 100

On Language, New York Times Magazine, October 14, 2007:

Jacques Barzun, the immigrant from France who became the wisest and most inspiring of Columbia University professors, has long been a mentor of mine in the language dodge. . . . Instructors are helpful and educators are important, but a great teacher is a national treasure. He was born Nov. 30, 1907; his world of students has already begun celebrating his 100th birthday. Happy centenary, Jacques. (Or should it be centennial?)

See also in this blog: William Safire.