Pioneering psychologist G. Stanley Hall, class of 1867, is the subject of a lengthy, and absolutely fascinating, article in this week’s New Yorker.  Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, psychics, a brother named Wrestling (short for “wrestling with God”), Hegel, cockfights, crematoriums, Darwin, masturbation, health crazes, and soap bubble-induced tragedies all play a role in his unusual tale.  The portion that mentions his time at Williams is brief, yet illuminating:

He went first to Williams College, where he was elected Class Poet and wrote a poem called “A Life Without a Soul.”  He fell for John Stuart Mill.  He graduated in 1867, having avoided fighting in the Civil War because his father bought him a substitute.

Alas, you have to be a New Yorker subscriber to read the whole thing, but it’s worth picking up the March 14th issue, if you are not.

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