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WHEN Robert Penn Warren, the poet, novelist and critic, arrived at Yale in 1927 to pursue his doctoral studies, he lasted in New Haven for just a few months. In 1928, having moved on to Oxford, he wrote to a friend, ''What I really wanted was to get in an environment where men were actually doing creative writing, but Yale is not the place for that, I learned too late.''
The evidence, however, suggests otherwise. Over the last 300 years, many of America's greatest writers have been Yale alumni. Sinclair Lewis, Philip Barry and Thornton Wilder all went to Yale. James Fenimore Cooper, author of ''The Last of the Mohicans,'' would have graduated with the class of 1806, if he hadn't been expelled for threatening a fellow student with a homemade bomb. More recently, Wendy Wasserstein, Calvin Trillin, and Tom Wolfe studied at Yale.
The work of these Yale writers -- and about 50 others -- is collected in ''Bright Pages'', a new anthology edited by J. D. McClatchy, a poet who received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1974. The book is published by the Yale University Press, in its series celebrating the school's tercentennial.
A 574-page tome, ''Bright Pages'' leaves little doubt that Yale has produced a variety of important writers; the recollections of the writers themselves leave little doubt that, Mr. Warren's comments notwithstanding, Yale taught them a great deal about writing.
David McCullough won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman, respectively. He came to Yale as an undergraduate in 1951 knowing he wanted to write. Preceded at Yale by two older brothers, however, he had been warned not to concentrate too narrowly on any one thing. ''They told me it was like going to the greatest buffet banquet you've ever been to in your life,'' he said. ''Don't load your plate up with the first thing you see.''
Heeding their advice, he supplemented courses in English and work at the Yale Daily News with classes in...