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Old 04-25-2008, 12:22 PM
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Suggested gifts for a beloved English Professor.

My college English Professor/ advisor is retiring after an undisclosed number of years and I want to get her something special, but I'm out of ideas.

A few little bits of trivia that may help:
-I have been out of college for more than 15 years, but we have kept in touch occassionally.
-Her influential teaching is what mad me switch my major to English.
-SHe helped my pick a law school
-She has advised my occassionally since then by getting me in touch with various experts in law cases.
Most importantly, I could come to her when I had personal problems in college. Her "advising" was much less about academics than they were about life.
-Her expertise is women's studies and Charles Dickens/Edwardian literature.

Any help or suggestions? I have been looking for antique books, etc., but I'm pretty sure she would already have anything I could get her. My wife thinks I should just write a heartfelt letter, but somehow it doesn't seem like enough.

Any help?
Old 04-25-2008, 12:27 PM
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I gave my favorite professors a set of pretty tea mugs and some nice tea for thank-you presents. I figured they get literary presents all the time, and they both liked tea.
Old 04-25-2008, 12:34 PM
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The Oxford Shorter dictionary in two great fat volumes.
Old 04-25-2008, 12:49 PM
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I called my favorite professor's wife and asked her what his favorite single-malt scotch is. It helps to have an insider.
Old 04-25-2008, 01:08 PM
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Knowing what your budget is would help. I mean, if you can spring for a trip to London, it's one thing. If not, see Post #3, but you'd have to check to make sure she doesn't already have it.

If she does, the Levinger's catalog (I can't look up the site right now) has lots of wonderful things for avid readers. Probably
Old 04-25-2008, 01:37 PM
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:47 PM
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I think a heartfelt letter would be great, myself.

Have you considered writing a heartfelt letter to the school newspaper, showing your appreciation publicly?
Old 04-25-2008, 05:41 PM
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A first edition.
Only two types of people wear speedos to the public pool -- great athletes and perverts.
WHICH ONE are you?
~~Roger Smith, "American Dad"
Old 04-25-2008, 06:13 PM
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Great Idea, Thank you very much. Keep it up.
Old 04-25-2008, 06:41 PM
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A fountain pen. By the way, does anyone have a recommendation for a decent functional but inexpensive cartridge fountain pen?
Old 04-25-2008, 06:55 PM
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Theater tickets?
Old 04-25-2008, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Darryl Lict
By the way, does anyone have a recommendation for a decent functional but inexpensive cartridge fountain pen?
Lamy Safari.
Old 04-26-2008, 05:56 AM
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What field in EL did your prof specialize in?
Old 04-26-2008, 05:59 AM
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Yeah, give him a talking Yoda doll or anything other than something literary (unless you happen to know it's something he really wants).

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