High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Yale University, one of the oldest universities in the United States, is a cultural referent as an institution that produces members of the elite in every generation. THe narrator of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Ishmael, thus explains his education: "A whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard." Melville's famous invocation may have been autobiographical, and has been co-opted by other authors to describe unorthodox places of higher learning. OWen Johnson's novel, Stover at Yale, follows the college career of Dink Stover (whose prep-school life at the Lawrenceville School had been chronicled in earlier novels). A Counterpart to Tom Brown at Oxford, it was once a byword. F. SCott Fitzgerald's fictional Amory accepted the novel as a "kind of textbook" for collegiate life. FRank Merriwell, the model for all later juvenile sports fiction, plays football, baseball, crew, and track at Yale while solving mysteries and righting wrongs.