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102-year-old literary scholar, Pynchon's prof, honored at White House
102-year-old literary scholar, Pynchon's prof, honored at White House

At 102 years old, literary scholar M.H. Abrams was awarded the National Humanities Medal on Monday at the White House by President Obama. Abrams is an emeritus professor at Cornell; in the 1950s, his students included Harold Bloom and Thomas Pynchon. Abrams created the Norton Anthology of English Literature, a staple of college English classes that helped form the canon of English literary works in America and around the world. First published in 1962, the Norton Anthology was designed to be portable -- although anyone who lugged one of its 1,000-plus page volumes around knows, "portable" doesn't mean "easy to carry."  "We tried to represent the...

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