In Praise of Sewanee

Wilbur, Barbara
October 1982
National Review;10/1/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 19, p1221
This article presents information on the University of South, Sewanee in Tennessee. Nestled at the heart of the Cumberland plateau, two thousand feet above sea level, the Gothic lines of the University of the South stand silhouetted against the sky. The author discusses her experiences at the university. Sewanee has an outstanding English Department, among the nation's finest, and sponsors the renowned quarterly Sewanee Review. An English university transplanted to the mountain wilderness of eastern Tennessee, Sewanee's origins are religious, Southern, and ante-bellum. The dream of Bishop Leonidas Polk to found an Episcopal university to educate Southern boys in the South began to take shape in the 1850s and ten thousand acres was selected as the ideal site for this purpose.


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