Continuing my occasional practice of sharing with my friends in the Inner Sanctum the more interesting correspondence that I receive, here's the reply that I sent to a young man who sent me an essay on the Old English poem, "The Wanderer", hoping that I would accept it for publication in the St. Austin Review.
In the latest of the weekly podcasts that I’m doing for Faith and Culture I discuss with Jared Staudt ways of building and rebuilding Catholic culture:
What role does art play in politics? How has literature served the cause of political freedom? In this essay, I address the role of drama throughout history as a force for freedom against the forces of tyranny:
Members of the Inner Sanctum have had an exclusive sneak preview of three of the chapters in my forthcoming book, Literature: What Every catholic Should Know; those on Miguel de Cervantes, Allesandro Manzoni and French Literature. I also offered a sneak preview of the full table of contents of the book. Now, ahead of the book’s publication on St. George’s Day (April 23 rd ), which is also, appropriately, Shakespeare’s birthday, I’m giving Inner Sanctum members an exclusive preview of one other chapter. This is the chapter on the great Norwegian novelist, Sigrid Undset. Enjoy!