- See also Wikipedia's article about "Irwin Edman".
Edman was born in Morningside Heights and lived at home while attending Columbia College. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and as a graduate student was extremely popular as an instructor. Many considered his "Philosophy 3-4" course a "must-take".
He served as an early instructor of Contemporary Civilization and even wrote a book for use in the course. He was also one of the original instructors of General Honors, helped establish the Colloquium on Important Books in 1932 and helped plan Humanities A in 1935, teaching it for many years thereafter.
Edman became the mentor of a young Herman Wouk, who dedicated his first novel to him.