Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
T. AUSTIN GRAHAM
April 16, 2007 began as a promising day, ended as one of the worst I had ever known, and later became, with Professor Colacurcio’s guidance, an experience of “the good of evil born.”1 Prof. Colacurcio had asked me to give a guest lecture to his students that morning, as he would be out of town. The topic was Emerson, and the situation was rather ironic: in writing my remarks on a man who spent his life seeking “an original relation to the universe” (27), I had tried to sound as much like Prof. Colacurcio as possible. The material for that class contained some of Emerson’s most famous aphorisms about the value of independence, but I was crossing my fingers, hoping I had sufficiently absorbed and approximated the ideas of my mentor.
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