Jordon Pecile

  • The Barrel Lifter: An Atlantic "First"

    A miners son, JORDON PECILE writes: “Like so many others in the coal region who graduated from high school in 1948 to find no jobs, I left my town to make a life where I could find work. I taught boxing in a settlement house in South Philadelphia and then, bored, hitchhiked across the country to load oranges in Pasadena.A scholarship to Cornell brought him back East; a Fulbright took him to Florence‚ Italy, for a year; the navy sent him to the Antarctic and to Okinawa. Last year he taught English at Annapolis; he is now at Princeton on a fellowship, working for his Ph.D. in comparative literature.