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Goin’ Back to Princeton Town with Day Edgar ‘25

The book sat on a shelf for years after I bought it for pocket change at a library sale. A glance at the contents showed a writing style so antique that I kept delaying a serious scan, despite the compelling title: In Princeton Town.

As part of my occasional downsizing efforts, I marked the book as something I could donate to Goodwill. First, however, I owed it to myself to read it as a member of the Princeton Class of 1980, I knew I should read it just to feel its resonances, decades later.

And so I did, and I’m glad I did. Written by Day Edgar ‘25, the book appeared in 1929. Once I got into the rhythm of Edgar’s sometimes convoluted prose, I enjoyed the stories. They depict a Princeton that’s both utterly familiar—the Chapel, the Daily Princetonian, the Freshman Herald, houseparties, Reunions, precepts, the Dinky to Princeton Junction, the Honor Code—and foreign, with the all-male student body, the relentless attention to the fashionable clothing, raccoon coats, telegram deliveri…
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