Poetic Justice

Poetic JusticeStudent Riots Have Ravaged The Distinguished New York City University Where Kate Fansler Teaches In The Ensuing Disarray, The Survival Of The University S Plebeian Stepchild, University College, Seems Doubtful President Jeremiah Cudlipp Is Snobbishly Determined To Ax It And As Sycophantic Professors Fall In Line Behind Him, The Rally Of Kate And Few Rebellious Colleagues Seems Doomed It Is A Fight To The Death, And Only A Miracle Or Perhaps A Murder Can Save Their Beloved Institution Very much a period piece Not that this is a bad thing Some passages were howlingly funny to someone who grew up in and around English departments of about this period. Maybe even 4.5 , just because I do so love an academic setting for a mystery An academic mystery which deals with the internal politics struggles of the faculty of a major unnamed New York city university is the kind of mystery I would have loved to write myself Written in 1970, student unrest provides the background to the situation but as anyone who has been a college or university professor knows, the fa
This novel is set during the turbulent student uprisings Kate is charged with saving the University College, sort of like NYU s New School, primarily for adults returning to finish their education The powers that be do not want the school to continue, the reasons are not clear The leader of the movement is Professor Cudlipp, a stereotypical academic snob, and he is murdered Kate and Reed are bound to find out the truth.This is one of Amanda Cross s best, wittiest, best conceived mysteries The characters are well drawn and three dimensional Some of her descriptions were so true to type that I laughed until I cried It may be her most literary novel Each chapter is introduced by a quotation from the great English poet, W.H Auden and Auden is present though generally in absentia throughout the novel The mysterious death of one of the University s most bigoted faculty members Cudlip is presented against an accurate picture of University politics, during the Columbia student revolt of the last 60s The author, AKA Carolyn G Heilbrun, is Professor Emeritus from Columbia, where she was awarded an endowed Chair in Humanities after teaching Victorian literature for many years Lionel Trilling, the great American literary critic and scholar appears, thinly disguised as Frederick Cremance Trilling Cremance coined and popularized the expression the life of the mind Heinlein was one of his students, though he doubted that women were capable of having a life of the mind As
There has never been, with me, a great love of poetry nor of repeated quoting of authors and poets This story had just too much of both While the story was somewhat interesting, I wasn t thrilled with having to weed my way through names of literary B li
I found the language and attitudes of the main characters so pretentious that I couldn t keep reading Will there ever be a plot Or will the characters just wander around looking down on everyone all day I ll never know D Another wordy, witty but not very compelling mystery I would like to find myself a Reed Amhearst of my own, though. Kate Fansler is an English professor in the Graduate English Department of a university in New York The school has recently gone through student revolts this was written in 1970 , and the administration and faculty of reviewing all aspects of the university including the controversial University College and its validity to the university Kate
When I included a quote from Carolyn Heilbrun in one of my college papers, my professor asked if I knew her other identity Amanda Cross I did not And at the time I did not have time in my pursuit of a degree to find her Years later, I found his note, went to the used bookstore, bought a bunch of her books, and am now finally reading them This one is se
This novel is set during the turbulent student uprisings Kate is charged with saving the University College, sort of like NYU s New School, primarily for adults returning to finish their education The powers that be do not want the school to continue, the reasons are not clear The
Boring Pretentious, bordering on precious As a mystery, a flop For whatever bearing it had on the mystery, the material in the first half of the book could have been presented in a few paragraphs The author could have written a novel about academic life and politics o