The Professor Retires. Now What?

The Professor Retires, but What About His Books? 1

Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

After more than 40 years in academe, I'm emptying my office. It is time to make room for the next occupant as I move on to retirement. The reaction of my colleagues—several of whom are well into their 70s, a few approaching 80—varies from bemusement to disbelief. Most have no intention of leaving anytime soon. Some will continue teaching the same classes year after year. Others, still energetic, look forward to new challenges,