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Vol. 110, No. 6

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From the Archives

Published in the December9, 2009, issue


Professor John McPhee (top row, at far left) and his “Comp Lit” students are pictured on the steps of Nassau Hall in April 1993. University archivists provided no details on why the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New Yorker staff writer posed for this group photo. Was this a particularly beloved class? Or does Princeton’s legendary nonfiction writing instructor have each of his classes photographed for posterity? Can any PAW readers identify these students or say if any have launched writing careers?

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D. Allan Drummond '95 Says:

2009-12-09 09:42:05

That's Tamar Laddy to the right of John, and me to the right of her. What a wonderful class! Not Comp Lit -- if memory serves, it's Lit 141, the Literature of Fact. Nonfiction writing. I still have my manuscripts, margins crammed with his questions, suggestions, and encouragement. As for writing careers, that class helped me land an "On the Campus" columnist job at PAW, but my career went in a more technical direction. I hope others weigh in!

Tamar Laddy '94 Says:

2009-12-09 09:43:09

That's me to the right of John McPhee. I'm a television writer; I wrote for two seasons on a spinoff of ABC's General Hospital, and am currently participating in the Warner Brothers TV Writer's Workshop.
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