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Doctor Foster


Herman Wardwell ("Fritz") Liebert was a distinctive personality in Johnson and Boswell studies, but will be remembered even more as the first librarian of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. He was responsible for the development of its collections from a firm base in Yale's historic library, but even more he provided the buoyant link between the Beinecke brothers who funded the marvellous new building and the traditions of Yale bibliophily which it enshrined and developed.

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A SMALL news item tells us (Briefly, 29 January) that Yale University has shredded the "posture" photographs of former students made by WH Sheldon, on the grounds that they "advanced a since-discredited science". Sheldon thought it would be possible to measure human physique on certain basic dimensions, and relate these to personality characteristics. It was a scientific hypothesis which was in the end not supported. Are we to destroy the evidence for every theory that is no longer accepted? Do we shred Euclid's work because we have non-Euclidean geometry, or that of Newton because we have Einstein?

letters to the editor:A Yalie's stance on nude photographs

From Professor Richard Beacham Sir: Your article detailing the curious practice some years back of routinely preparing nude photographs of students at many of America's elite universities ("Even the wife of the President of the United States sometimes had to stand naked", 21 January) reminded this former Yalie (Class of 1968) that he, too, had experienced this during his "bright college years".

Yale nude `posture' photos destroyed : Briefly

New Haven, Connecticut - The Smithsonian Institution has destroyed nude photographs taken decades ago of Yale University students who were unaware the pictures were used to advance a since-discredited science.

Even the wife of the President of the United States sometime had to stand naked

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US-UK Fulbright Commission

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Williams still on takeover trail

WILLIAMS Holdings, the industrial conglomerate whose brands include Rawlplug and Yale, is set to continue the takeover spree that has seen it make four purchases so far this year, with 'one or two' deals expected before the end of the year.

BOOK REVIEW / In search of the nearly man: Joseph Chamberlain: Entrepreneur in Politics: by Peter T Marsh, Yale pounds 30

IT WAS Joseph Chamberlain's misfortune that to many people he sounded like a liar and looked liked a cad, even when - as was sometimes the case - his aims were honest and honourable. His monocle, cigars, orchids, abrasive speech and flamboyant/bordering-on- the-vulgar tastes in dress, houses, food and entertainment all marked him down as not quite a gentleman. Partly as a consequence of this, many of the good causes that he espoused went up in the funeral pyre of his more manic and grandiose visions and ambitions. He remains of compelling interest not because of any long-term achievement, but because of his pivotal role in a now almost unimaginable period of history. In the tumultuous episodes of his personal and public life we glimpse, as in the flashing of a late-Victorian cinematograph, the heart of the British Empire at the peak of its economic and political supremacy.

BOOK REVIEW / The First World War and the Avant-Garde: A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War by Richard Cork (Yale pounds 45

Max Beckmann's 'Self-Portrait as a Medical Orderly', 1915, is taken from A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War by Richard Cork (Yale pounds 45) - handsome and abundantly illustrated, but not just for the coffee-table. Cork's text makes an impressive survey of artists' response to the traumas and degradations of war, and how the impact of previously unthinkable horrors resulted in work that broke new ground both artistically and intellectually. It is sometimes a little thin on analysis, perhaps, but the richness of detail and research compensates.

BOOK REVIEW / Blood and belonging: Englishmen and Jews: Social Relations and Political Culture, 1840-1914: David Feldman, Yale, 35 pounds

A REMARKABLE number of people, otherwise quite secular in their ways, seem to be reclaiming, or discovering, Jewishness. For some feminists, wanting perhaps to politicise their identity, it is a way of affirming their community with a wider constituency of suffering. In the hands of Emmanuel Levinas, the Talmud becomes the latest thing in deconstructive thought. For Jacques Derrida, Jewishness belongs to the realm of the imaginary; it is an inherently unstable identity, a master trope for the state of otherness, for what is called, in post-colonial discourse, the diasporic.
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