Remembering Bernard Knox

August 30, 2010

In a letter to the Washington Post, W. Royal Stokes fondly recalls Professor Knox’s classes at Yale:

Professor Knox never spoke in class of his wartime experiences, namely, manning a machine gun in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 or parachuting behind enemy lines in France and commanding an infantry company of the Italian underground during World War II, but hints of them sometimes surfaced in subtle fashion. For example, when we were reading the tragedy “Ajax” (whose hero went mad during the Trojan War), he looked up from the Greek text at some point to observe that, once past his 20s, a man was no longer fit for combat.

Knox passed away earlier this month.