In one of the great comic novels of this century, a young history instructor rebels against the social obligations necessary to advance his career. Invited to a party at the home of a senior professor, he disgraces himself by getting roaring drunk. Put to bed, he falls asleep with a lighted cigarette and sets the bedclothes afire. Other mishaps occur; and, his career ruined, the instructor goes off to the big city to begin life anew. But in the end he gets his girl. What is the title of this novel and who is its author?

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Answer to Book Bag #582: The poet and critic who as a boy posed for the figure of Ganymede in the Parthenon replica in Nashville was Randall Jarrell.

Winner: Linda Melvin, Fort Belvoir, Va.