Why Teach

Mr. Edmundson strives to read and teach the authors who inspire him with what he calls ‘humane sensitivity.’ ‘The battle is to make such writers one’s own, to winnow them out and to find their essential truths,’ he says. He went to college to see if there were possibilities beyond what others had defined as his limits. You sense that he still goes to the classroom each semester seeking new possibilities — for his students and for himself.

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