Excerpt from Brown Alumni Monthly, Vol. 39: May, 1939When he was 12, in 1917, his parents decided to move from the Netherlands, mainly because his Calvinistic father was opposed to military training for his sons. So they came to America, settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan.At 18 he had learned some English, held a variety of little jobs, when something aroused me sufficiently to make me think I nee...
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ation.' Shakespeare, he says, to me was no more than the name of a fishing tackle, and I thought a bust of Longfellow in the city park was that of some local dignitary. Through seeing a movie I started reading Stevenson's Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That opened up vistas, and I read voraciously after that, making up my mind to get an 'education' at all costs.I went through a preparatory school for ministers, chieﬂy because it was handy, cheap, and approved by my parents, and finished there in the minimum number of years, working my way through, doing everything possible: clerking and soda jerk, ing in a drug store after school, working in a bank on Saturdays, and during summer vacation working on roads, even digging ditches and cemetery graves.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.