Glenn H. Leggett Writings 1958-1996

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Glenn H. Leggett Writings 1958-1996




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Leggett was a retired president of Grinnell College and former professor of English. He received his B.A. degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Ohio State University. Before assuming the presidency at Grinnell, he taught English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, and the University of Washington where he moved into administrative work.

Mr. Leggett was a noted author in the field of English literature and writing; his publications include Handbook for Writers and Theme and Form. After his retirement he delighted family, friends, and colleagues with occasional letters and essays that he had bound and given as gifts.

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The collection contains 24 different volumes that are collections of essays, lectures, eulogies, toasts, letters, reminiscences, etc. The subjects of the essays range from dogs to writing and from poetry to hunting and fishing, reflecting the broad range of interests of the author. Also included is an autobiography, family stories, travel accounts, and reflections on the academic life. There are histories of Grinnell Federal Saving and Loan Association and of the Kiwanis Club. Some of the essays were papers delivered at the Fortnightly Club. The speeches include ones given on retirements, dedications, commencements, and inaugurations.

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  • English

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