In 1906, the Board of Trustees reports that the philological study of English at Lafayette is being emphasized at the expense of practical writing. Professor James Waddell Tupper is invited to join the faculty and modify the instruction of freshman composition. Freshman 1 & 2 become known as “Tup’s English” and focus on more rigorous theme writing. It is during this period that Larimore “Larry” Foster, Class of 1927, suffers an untimely death in a riding accident the summer after his sophomore year. The inspirational book Larry is published shortly thereafter and becomes widely popular across the U.S. This bestseller contains selections from Larry’s diary at Lafayette, letters to his family and friends, and nine Freshman English themes written for Tup’s English.