The Electric Edge of Academe: The Saga of Lucien L. Nunn and Deep Springs College
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Date Published: 2015
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 43955
455 pp. Octavo [24 cm]; black paper covered boards with purple stamped title to spine, photographically illustrated dustjacket. Illustrated with many black and white photographs.
From William T. Vollmann's foreword: "Deep Springs was one of the great experiences of my life. ... [Deep Springs founder L.L. Nunn] aimed to place a group of raw boys in the middle of nowhere, give them all the power and responsibility he thought they could handle (this to be adjusted upward or downward depending on what they did with it), and direct them to exercise it in the interest of higher principles. He was a mystic; the thought the desert had a voice. When I went out alone, I found that it does. He thought that a carpenter could be, simply by practicing his profession with "abundnace of heart," as worthy a "Trustee of the Nation" as anyone. So do I. He despised materialism and commercialism. How many colleges and universities speak likewise? He gave me a free education; I didn't even have to pay for my meals. He never knew me and might have disliked the man I have become. I feel that I know him at least partially, through the Gray Book, and from that standpoint I admire him and feel grateful to him. He was not a genius, but something better: a man who devoted much of his money, and his poor health, to helping young men learn who they were, what they were capable of, and how they themselves might if they wished it help others."