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know so many people and wouldn't have so much going on. And I really was so tired that I left school and went south. And I remember that we spent about a month in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which was extremely dull. We went to washington for a few days and the cherry trees were all in flower and this made a most enormous impression on me. All my feelings about flowers and planting were influenced by this sight, and my mother, of course, was enchanted. And I remember we saw a superb performance of the Ziegfeld Follies, a thing I had only heard of from a great distance, and this was a most luscious and fantastic sight.

Well, after that I went to Radcliffe, the following fall, and I found that Radcliffe was rather blue-stocking for me; however, I did think the professors were quite good. I changed from being an English major to being a fine arts major, because I found that they taught the fine arts extremely well, probably better than any other place in the United States at that time. Paul Sachs was an active professor there, and he influenced me tremendously in French art. And George Edgell was teaching there, and I was tremendously influenced by him.


Did Radcliffe at that time enjoy the same reputation as an intellectual establishment as it does now?


Oh, yes, more, more so. I really had gone there because I felt that as long I was going to have to go to college I might as well go where the best professors were, and the best professors

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