The Study of Literature at Hillsdale College


The word literature has its origins in the ancient Latin word for letter. Letters allow human beings to exercise their gift of reason through reading and writing. The masters of literature, such as Mark Twain, are able to employ words to represent reality accurately. Through their writings, they reveal to the reader truth about human nature and the world in which we live.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.