The students' cry for help wasn't lost on Yale's English Department. At that time the department was the epicenter of 'deconstruction' and other faddish studies in the clinical analysis of texts. Its emphasis was not on how to write but on how to dissect what other people had written. The great writers on the Yale faculty weren't the English professors; they were the history professors--robust stylists like Edmund S. Morgan, C. Vann Woodward, George Pierson, Jonathan Spence and John Morton Blum...."
-William Zinsser, Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past, p. 129