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Suck-Up U.

While kissing the ring might help one’s career, it hasn’t been a general job requirement in academic life — until now.

Tim Foley for The Chronicle

August 27, 2017 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

When contemplating an ingratiating letter he has just written, the redoubtable Morris Zapp, in David Lodge’s academic satire Small World, wonders whether his praise is "a shade too fulsome." He quickly dismisses the thought as he remembers one of...

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