|1.||Wrestling with the masters|
Wrestling with the masters means to attempt to understand the full depth and meaning of various literature and art work of a renown artist. The "masters" would be defined as Steinbeck, Poe, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexandre Dumas, Updyke, et al.
John was struggling with his English Lit. Course, he was Wrestling with the masters, reading such works by Dumas and Von Goethe.