Princeton University

Hugh MacLennan: Oxford vs. Princeton

There was, to his mind, no comparison between Oxford and Princeton: ‘Genner at Oriel had published only one article in his life, but he knew the field better than the whole faculty at Princeton put together’ (Elspeth Cameron’s Hugh MacLennan: A Writer’s Life, 74).


Young Hugh MacLennan

I’ve been reading Elspeth Cameron’s 1981 biography on Hugh MacLennan and it seems like he had a terrible childhood at the hands of an overly ambitious, deeply insecure, taskmaster of a father.

Like John Stuart Mill, Hugh MacLennan and his sister Frances were ruthlessly schooled by their father, Sam, in order to compensate for the elder MacLennan’s deep feelings of academic failure and narcissism. (more…)