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PYGMALION' FOR THE COMPUTER AGE
[METRO Edition]
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando, Fla.
Author: Reviewed by John Harper Special To The Sentinel
Date: Jul 9, 1995
Start Page: F.8
Section: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Abstract (Document Summary)

In this contemporary reworking of the ancient myth, novelist [Richard Powers PL] (no, this is not deja vu; the fictional character has the same name as the author) returns from a failed love affair in the Netherlands to take up a post as "Humanist-in-Residence" at a major university. Unable to write, he meets Philip Lentz, a cognitive neurologist who entices him to spend his year teaching a neural net (a computer) enough Austen, Pope, and Dryden to outscore a graduate student on a comprehensive exam in English literature.

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