YALEE'S YOUTH REVISITED
New Book about a Man's Extraordinary Sophomore Year at Yale
Denver, CO (Release Date TBD) — This is not his autobiography. Robert Leland Johnson's Yale Sophomore is a manuscript from the early fifties — told from the voice of the author in his youth. Johnson's compelling diary of the period of his life between 1952 and 1953, written at that same time, unearths the thoughts of his youth — a memoir of his resplendent days as a Yalee.
Yale Sophomore was written along the lines of the exposition of Francois Sagan in Bonjour Tristasse — in diary form. It is the perfect preservation of a young man's thoughts as he traverses the path of life, in a period of great uncertainty while he is still walking in errant wonder. It has a universal theme and appeals to youths of different backgrounds. It speaks of the vulnerability of youth and the promise that it undeniably holds.
The book was originally written with the intent of being published early on, but Johnson, being a renowned trial lawyer, withheld exposing his vulnerable emotions until such time when he was retired. A narrative of accomplishment, inner development, and also a brief history of the author's lineage, Yale Sophomore is as charming as it gets. Reading it is like discovering a souvenir, a cherished memento, or breezing through a moment in time.