Composition (English 1-2) continues to be required for all students.  Advanced composition is offered in the early 1930s, taught by the soon-to-be famous poet Theodore Roethke.  Professor Tupper retires in 1947 and is succeeded as English department chair by William W. Watt (known to the students as W cubed).  Watt’s American Rhetoric is published in 1952 and becomes a classic college textbook on writing, used by several generations of Lafayette students.  The Marquis literary magazine debuts in 1947, hoping to combine the best of The Touchstone and The Lyre, which both ceased publication during World War II.  The war claims the lives of some of Lafayette’s best student writers, including two who founded an independent literary journal in 1940.


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