Robert Frost: Beloved Professor
Between 1916 and 1920, Robert Frost taught English literature at Amherst College. In lieu of lectures, Frost gave informal talks at his home and only reluctantly gave his students semester exams (which college rules made mandatory). "But I made them as simple as possible," he later recalled. "Once I asked only one question: 'What good did my course do you?' and requested brief replies. The answer I liked best was 'Not a damn bit'!" "Did you pass him?" Frost was asked. "Yes, I gave him a 90." Why not 100? "He left the 'n' off damn."