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“William Wilson.” By Edgar Allan Poe

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

Poe uses the doppelgänger motif as a physical manifestation of Wilson’s conscience and ultimately shows the demise of a man who, blinded by his sins, kills his own conscience.

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Dracula. By Bram Stoker

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

November 2018

For the original vampire slayers, most of them nominal Anglicans, the efficacy of Catholic sacramentals and the Sacrament quickly becomes apparent.

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Dante’s Divine Comedy & the Viganò Testimony

GUEST COLUMN

Joshua Hren

November 2018

Then as now, opinion makers try to reduce those who testify against Church corruption to resentful reactionaries working out their revenge.

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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

LITERATURE MATTERS

Michael S. Rose

October 2018

Once Faustus takes possession of Mephistophilis as his servant, it becomes apparent that the Devil isn’t so much serving as manipulating him.

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Clerics & Curates: Who Needs Them?

A KERYGMA FOR THE UNCATECHIZED

Kenneth Colston

June 2018

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The Family: The Center of Civilization

ON GENERATION X'S WANDERLUST

Mitchell Kalpakgian

April 2018

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How Literature Helps Us Grow in Virtue

LOVING & HATING ARIGHT

David Arias

September 2017

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On Pilgrimage with Shakespeare in Protestant England

AMASSING CREDIT IN THE TREASURE HOUSE OF MERIT

Kenneth Colston

May 2017

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The Inspiration of the Muses in Daily Life

TO LIVE WELL & ENJOY BEAUTY

Mitchell Kalpakgian

December 2016

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Is There Such a Thing as Catholic Ghost Stories?

AN ABERRATION ? AN OXYMORON ?

Andrew M. Seddon

October 2016

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Camus & Christ at Arlington National Cemetery

JESUS JACQUES

Casey Chalk

June 2016

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Tyranny of the Perverse Will

EVIL FOR EVIL'S SAKE

Mitchell Kalpakgian

April 2016

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The Crypto-Catholic & the Jansenist

SHAKESPEARE, RACINE & CATHOLIC DRAMA

Keith Hopkins

July-August 2015

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The Decisions that Shaped History

THE VIRTUE THAT SAVED CIVILIZATION

Mitchell Kalpakgian

June 2015

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The Catholic Dramatist in a Protestant Land

ALL THE CHURCH'S A STAGE

Kenneth Colston

December 2014

Macbeth, Lear, Othello, Hamlet, Falstaff, Henry IV — are these immortal portraits of sinful humanity not the very crucible of Shakespeare’s art?

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The Virtue of Anger & the Sin of Wrath

LESSONS FROM LITERATURE

Mitchell Kalpakgian

June 2014

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"Lust Hard by Hate"

GUEST COLUMN

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

March 2014

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On Shakespeare's Supposed Catholicity

WHAT HAS HISTORY REVEALED?

Keith Hopkins

July-August 2013

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Can Beauty Save the World?

IS IT MORE ACCESSIBLE THAN THE TRUE & THE GOOD?

James G. Hanink

June 2013

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Why Liberals Love Satire

ACCIDENTS & ESSENCE

James Tillman

November 2012

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The Optimistic Pessimism of G.K. Chesterton

Chene Richard Heady

September 2012

A review of The Collected Works of G.K. Ches­ter­ton, Volume 36: The Illustrated London News, 1932-1934

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Off the Beaten Path

GUEST COLUMN

Ray Cavanaugh

May 2012

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Time & Certainty: Jane Austen & René Descartes Have Tea

GUEST COLUMN

Joseph T. Stuart

December 2011

Had they met, the English writer and the French philosopher would have had an interesting exchange of ideas over a nice cup of tea.

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Flannery O'Connor & the Representation of Mystery

ENCOUNTERS WITH GOD

Tracy Jamison

June 2010

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Virtues of the Heart

HOME-GROWN HABITS

Mitchell Kalpakgian

June 2010

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The Christian Philosophy of Samuel Johnson

NEITHER UTOPIAN NOR CYNICAL

Matthew Anger

September 2009

"No man will be found in whose mind airy notions do not sometimes tyrannize and force him to hope or fear beyond the limits of sober probability."

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Fatherhood & Fertility in The Last of the Mohicans

STRUGGLE FOR THE AMERICAN SOUL

Eric Seddon

July-August 2009

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans is the birthright of every American; it helps to explain who we are to ourselves.

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Women's Revenge: To Torture Without Guilt

BATTLE STRATEGIES OF THE SEXES

Alice von Hildebrand

February 2009

Literature offers many examples highlighting the fact that, in very subtle ways, men can be victimized -- even “tortured” -- by the fair sex.

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Harry Potter: Situation Ethics Candy-Coated for Kids

GUEST COLUMN

Ian Rutherford

April 2002

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The Invisible Man

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

September 1996

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Endo's Silence

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

June 1996

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The Bluest Eye

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

May 1996

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The Heart of the Matter

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

April 1996

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Ralph Ellison's Angle of Vision

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

October 1994

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Reading as Sacrament

GUEST COLUMN

Will Hoyt

November 1989

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Orestes Brownson's Christian Radicalism

GRASPING THE UNIVERSAL THROUGH THE PARTICULAR

Christopher Lasch

September 1989

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Milan Kundera, Mario Vargas Llosa, John Berger, Nadine Gordimer & the Realist Novel of Commitment

BEYOND NOVELS AS A FORM OF DIVERSION

Ed Block Jr.

July-August 1989

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J.F. Powers's Comic Art

ECCLESIASTICAL COMEDY AS DEEPENED COMEDY

Richard Stokes

May 1989

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Raymond Carver's Death

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

November 1988

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Raymond Carver's Dying Chekhov

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

October 1988

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Tom Wolfe's Novel and Its Reception as a Significant Historical Event

OPPORTUNISM & FEAR AMONG THE INTELLECTUALS

John Lukacs

September 1988

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Evelyn Waugh & ‘The Bright Young Things’

James J. Thompson Jr.

May 1988

Review of Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years by Martin Stannard

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Teaching and Learning, Strutting and Conniving

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

March 1988

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The Secular Mind I: Determinism

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

September 1987

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Why Don't People Read the Spiritual Classics?

GUEST COLUMN

Mitch Finley

September 1987

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Two Tolstoy Stories

Harvard Diary

Robert Coles

July-August 1987

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Tolstoy's Resurrection

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

June 1987

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Tolstoy's Confession

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

May 1987

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