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One of those listed above, Emily Herring, deserves mention in
another regard. On July 4,1964, in Columbus, Georgia, she became
the bride of one of the most eligible bachelors on the faculty, Dean
Edwin G. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson was later to establish a considerable
reputation as a poet and writer.
The services of so many short-term instructors were needed to meet
the demands of the curriculum. Throughout the period under
consideration, all students were required to take two semesters of
Freshman Composition to improve their writing skills and two se-
mesters devoted to surveys of English and American literature. As the
size of the student body grew, more and more sections of these basic
courses had to be created and staffed.
The ideal was to hold the size of the freshman sections to around
twenty students, allowing the instructor to assign a lot of writing and
to look closely at the results. Traditionally the sophomore sections
were large, and an average of thirty-five students per class was
thought practical. While even the most senior members of the English
Department regularly carried their share of freshman and sophomore
classes along with an upper division specialty, there was need for
more help in the required courses. The young instructors, most of
them holding master's degrees, were recruited for these assignments.
The college got the benefit of their youthful enthusiasm and they, in
turn, received valuable teaching experience under expert supervision.
Many went on to secure doctorates and to fill tenured positions at
other colleges and universities.
Dr. Jones remained chairman of the English Department until June
1959, having taught at Wake Forest for thirty-five years. Upon his
retirement Dr. Henry L. Snuggs was made chairman and served until
mid-1963, when Dr. Wilson was asked to act as English chairman
along with his administrative duties as dean. Wilson managed the dual
roles through the rest of the Tribble era.
In the early years of this narrative, on into the fifties, senior mem-
bers of the English staff tended to pass the upper division courses
around. It was not unusual for Dr. Folk, for example, to be teaching
not only his journalism sequence but also Chaucer and modern drama
or the modern novel in the course of a year. Jones was equally at
home in Shakespeare or Milton and contemporary poetry or drama.
Snuggs could easily swing from Emerson and Whitman to Spenser or
Shakespeare. As the talents of the growing staff be-