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July 22, 2012

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Splendid post on the greatest 19th Centry American novel (Portrait of a Lady) after Huck Finn

What a lovely post, Alice. And how sweet to encounter the words Reid Hall, and the references to the Smith College junior year abroad program, in your chapters on Jacqueline Bouvier. I lived at Reid Hall for an entire summer, as well as for shorter periods in the other seasons, during the two-plus years I was a graduate student at Cambridge. Reid Hall was then and is perhaps still now owned and directed by Columbia and was home to various junior year abroad programs of which the ones I recall most vividly are Smith and Wesleyan. In those days, perhaps not now, Reid Hall (at quatre rue de chevreuse) had a limited number of dorm rooms, a good lunch plan, a piano my two composer friends played, and of course the magnificent garden. --DL

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