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Grad Student Saved by Lyrics from Handel’s Messiah

Mary Ellen Rothrock, “The Lyric that Saved My Life,” Christian Reader, Nov-Dec 1998; submitted: Lee Eclov, Vernon Hills, Illinois

Grad Student Saved by Lyrics from Handel’s Messiah

In the 1960s Mary Ellen Rothrock was a grad student in English literature at the University of Wisconsin. In 1998 she wrote in Christian Reader magazine:

Despair seemed to permeate the student body, especially those in the humanities. A fellow graduate student summed it up cynically, "Playwright Samuel Becket is right. Man is just a piece of ...

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