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Randy Pausch

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Randy Pausch

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Memoir, Self-Help

At a Glance

The Last Lecture is a memoir based on the final lecture of computer science professor Randy Pausch, delivered on September 18, 2007. Inspired by an article written by Jeffrey Zaslow for the Wall Street Journal and a video recording of the lecture that went viral, Pausch and Zaslow collaborated on a book. The Last Lecture is a compilation of the life lessons Pausch hopes to leave as a legacy for his children. In doing so, he creates a book that serves as inspiration for millions to identify and pursue their dreams.

Perspective and Narrator

The Last Lecture is told in the first-person point of view by professor Randy Pausch, who distills his life's lessons into a single lecture as a legacy for his children.

About the Title

The Last Lecture records the final lecture given by computer science professor Randy Pausch after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


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