Defending Tolkien from Pavlovian Relativism

I’ve recently received an e-mail from someone taking a PhD course who wanted me to take a look at the paper he had written on Tolkien’s story, “The Fall of Gondolin”. I was happy to do so but found myself disagreeing with much that I read. Here’s my response.
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The Worst of Roy Campbell

My biography of Roy Campbell, published under different titles in the UK, the United States, and in Spain, is perhaps the least known of all the biographies I’ve written. In spite of this, it is the biography which I probably consider the best. (The first shall be last!) I was, therefore, intrigued to receive an e-mail from a small publisher asking me whether I thought that Campbell’s long poem Flowering Rifle, about the Spanish Civil War, should be republished. Here is my response.
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Catholic Writers Retreat

Father Peter Stravinskas of the Priestly Society of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman invites Catholic writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalists to a weekend retreat at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, June 7-9, 2019.

Participants will be able to probe the meaning of the vocation of the Catholic writer, guided by the wisdom of the Catholic Tradition, especially through the inspiration of Cardinal Newman, St. John Paul II, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and other notables of the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Attention will be given to providing useful information on proper theological and ecclesiastical terminology, as well as Church history and structures, thus enabling the writer to portray Catholic life with accuracy. There will be ample opportunities to engage with experienced authors and to meet fellow-travelers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program, and the English, History and Communications Departments of Seton Hall University; Holy Apostles College and Seminary; Catholic World Report; Ignatius Press; The Catholic Thing; andFirst Things.  Retreat leaders include: Dr. Robert Royal, Fr. Nicholas Gregoris, Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Carl Olson, Fran Maier.

The cost for the retreat weekend is $250.

Participation is limited to 40; applications should be submitted by March 1, 2019. For further information or to register, contact Father Stravinskas at: fstravinskas@hotmail.com.

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

June 7-9, 2019

Applications Deadline: March 1, 2019

For further information or to register, contact
Father Stravinskas at:

fstravinskas@hotmail.com

From Rome to Romanticism

Regular visitors to Faith & Culture will know that I’ve been hosting a weekly podcast for several months. I’ve been in discussion with many great guests, week after week, but for the next six weeks we’ll be running a series of six monologues in which I chart the history of the Catholic Literary Revival from 1798 until 1973. In the first talk of the series I discuss how Romanticism and neo-medievalism laid the aesthetic foundations of the Catholic Revival:

https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/01/28-rome-and-romanticism

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