Charles Barzun

A Letter to My Grandfather

Chronicle of Higher Education

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Dear Grandfather,

Not long after your death on October 25 of last year, friends and relatives wondered whether I might write something about you. They knew that we had corresponded and that I regularly visited you in San Antonio, so they felt I should put something on record. But when I tried my hand at it, I found it impossible to convey my thoughts or feelings. It then occurred to me that the best way to write about you would be to write to you, as I did for so many years.


Charles Barzun, A Letter to My Grandfather, Chronicle of Higher Education B7-B9 (May 17, 2013).

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