Catharine Savage Brosman

Catherine Savage Brosman is poetry editor for Chronicles.

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  • Books in Brief
    August 2020

    Books in Brief

    The Shortest Way With Defoe—Robinson Crusoe, Deism, and the Novel, by Michael B. Prince (University of Virginia Press; 350 pp., $69.50). Simon the Fiddler, by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow; 352 pp., $27.99).

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  • What the Editors Are Reading
    August 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Catharine Savage Brosman reviews Marie-Henri Beyle's La Chartreuse de Parme and Stephen B. Presser reviews Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March.

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  • January 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    The Diary of a Country Priest (1936) by Georges Bernanos is as timely now as ever. It can be appreciated for its powerful Christian vision, its pertinence to today’s social illnesses, and its literary excellence, as shown in narrative technique, style, character portraits, and subtle plot development. I’ve taught it repeatedly.

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  • July 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    I’m enmeshed in reading all of Shakespeare, using the The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition (Oxford University Press, 2016). Within 3,180 pages, it contains all the Bard’s writing in chronological order, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen, and everything in between, including his sonnets.

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  • Unconscious Beauty
    June 2019

    Unconscious Beauty

    This handsome hardbound volume, an authoritative study in art history that can pass as a coffee-table book, is billed by its publisher as “the first-ever history of the representation of dreams in Western painting.”

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  • What Good Poetry Can Be
    October 2018

    What Good Poetry Can Be

    A long and distinguished literary career ended on June 23, 2018, with the death of New England poet Donald Hall. A versatile and prolific author, he served in 2006-07 as poet laureate of the United States.

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  • How the Historical Novel Has Changed!
    June 27, 2018

    How the Historical Novel Has Changed!

    Should one read Hervey Allen or Anne Rice? Why should the question be asked at all? Why might a discriminating reader today even think of picking up either Hervey Allen’s massive best-seller of 1933, Anthony Adverse, or The Feast of All Saints (1979) by Anne Rice, a hugely popular contemporary author?

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  • June 2017

    Sewanee, Deconstructed

    “Make it new!” demanded Ezra Pound. Would he have liked the cover for the outrageous winter 2017 issue of the Sewanee Review, America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly?

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  • Truth in Poetry
    December 2015

    Truth in Poetry

    Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) is considered to be among the most important American poets of the 20th century. She was a U.S. Poet Laureate and won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and the Neustadt International Prize.

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  • Poetry’s Place in America
    August 2015

    Poetry’s Place in America

    When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow visited London in 1868, he was invited by Queen Victoria to an audience at Windsor Castle. She complimented him on his poetry, assuring him that all her servants read it.

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  • Everyman’s Poet
    February 2015

    Everyman’s Poet

    Jared Carter, who has retired from a career in publishing, is a Midwestern poet of stature. He won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Poets’ Prize; he has had a Guggenheim fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Free Spirit of Literature
    July 2014

    Free Spirit of Literature

    Sam Pickering (born 1941) recently retired from professing English—mostly, it would appear, creative writing. Oh! “Beware! Beware! . . . Weave a circle round him thrice / . . . / For he on honey-dew hath fed / and drunk the milk of paradise.”

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  • Light of Being
    October 2013

    Light of Being

    Lest readers misunderstand, it must be said at the outset that these poems, selected from "Psaumes de tous mes temps" (1974), by Patrice de La Tour du Pin (1911-75), are not translations, even rough ones, from the Psalms of the Bible.

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  • July 2013

    The APA: Sanctioning the Sexual Abuse of Children

    Among the worst phenomena is the promotion of “gender” changes in children, including very young ones. It will be noted that “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are routinely dissociated by many clinicians and other enthusiasts, with the result that what were formerly understood by all as basic categories become slippery, and discourse about them, difficult.

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  • July 2012

    In Defence of Poesie

    In the past, poetry needed no defense—if that means pleas to a hostile or indifferent audience...To know, appreciate, even write poetry was, for many, part of the gentleman’s role.

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  • A Cardinal in Full
    April 2012

    A Cardinal in Full

    In his Testament politique, Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duc de Richelieu, wrote, “A capable prince represents a great treasure in a state. A skillful counsel . . . is no less a treasure.” Surely Richelieu had himself in mind, as well as his sovereign, Louis XIII (1601-43).

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  • Medieval Modernism
    October 2011

    Medieval Modernism

    Unlike certain 19th-century poets of difficult character or seemingly foredoomed, whom Paul Verlaine called maudits (accursed)—Rimbaud, Gérard de Nerval, Corbière, Verlaine himself—Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) was a pleasant, cheerful fellow.

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  • Secure of Private Rights
    August 2011

    Secure of Private Rights

    “For who can be secure of private right, If sovereign sway may be dissolved by might?” —John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

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  • A Need for Stewardship
    June 2011

    A Need for Stewardship

    Sissinghurst, in the Kentish part of the Weald, is the estate that prose author and poet Vita Sackville-West bought in 1930 after it became clear she would not inherit the lease on Knole, her family property.

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  • View From the Left Bank
    October 2010

    View From the Left Bank

    After the Great War, Sylvia Beach founded, with money from her mother, Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookshop and lending library on the Left Bank in Paris. As the American expatriate wrote much later, “I have always loved books and their authors.”

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