John Erskine was an American educator and author,pianist and composer.He was an English professor at Amherst College from 1903 to 1909,followed by Columbia University from 1909 and 1937.
During his tenure at Columbia University he formulated the General Honors Course—responsible for inspiring the influential Great Books movement.
He published over 100 books,novels,criticism and essays including his most important essay,The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent (1915).
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