Defending the Honesty of Hamlet’s Father

I’ve received an e-mail from a retired literature professor who agrees that Shakespeare was a believing Catholic but whose view of the Catholic dimension of Hamlet differs radically from my own reading of the play, as given in my book, Through Shakespeare’s Eyes. Here’s my reply to the good professor, defending the honesty of the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father.
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Shakespeare the Anti-Communist Prophet

Continuing the practice of sharing my more interesting correspondence with those in the Inner Sanctum, here’s an interesting e-mail I’ve received from someone in Poland who has been translating many of my essays for publication in Polish online journals. It confirms the perennial relevance of Shakespeare.
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Beyond The Waste Land: The Vision of T. S. Eliot

The new issue of the St. Austin Review is now available. Highlights:

Ben Lockerd considers “T. S. Eliot and the Sense of History”.

Joseph Pearce surveys Eliot’s relationship with G. K. Chesterton, asking whether they were friends or enemies.

R. V. Young connects “History, Personality, and Poetry in ‘The Journey of the Magi’”.

Carl E. Olson admires “Ash-Wednesday”.

Timothy D. Lusch sees beyond “the boredom, the horror and the glory” to discover “After Strange Gods as Prelude and Prophecy”.

Joseph Pearce argues with Eliot about the Metaphysical Poets.

Bradley J. Birzer lauds “Eliot’s Crusade Against Strange Gods”.

Kevin O’Brien offers “More Notes (and Jokes) Towards the Definition of Culture”.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is “Looking for Another Country”, noting “Nostalgia and Desire in C. S. Lewis and T. S. Eliot”.

In the full-colour art feature, Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs is “Depicting Creation Perfected by Grace”.

Ken Clark waxes eloquent on The Elevation of the Cross by Rubens.

K. V. Turley reviews the film, Salesman, and discovers “The American Dream and the Hollow Man”.

William Fahey ruminates on “Considerations from School”, finding reason in the roots of words.

Donald DeMarco writes to Vladimir Ashkenazy and is thrilled to find that “The Gods Do Answer Letters”.

Fr. Benedict considers St. John Henry Newman and Our Lady of Walsingham and sees “Signs of Spring”.

Carol Anne Jones reviews Creative Intuition in Art & Poetry by Jacques Maritain.

Louis Markos reviews The Day is Now Far Spent by Robert Cardinal Sarah.

Brian Welter reviews Spiritual Direction from Dante: Avoiding the Inferno by Fr. Paul Pearson.

Joshua Schulz review Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness by Devin Schadt.

Plus new poetry by Pavel Chichikov, William Dunn, Philip C. Kolin, Katy Kreitzburg, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Daniel Patrick Sheehan and R. V. Young.

Don’t be one of the Hollow Men. Take the Journey of the Magi and Follow the StAR!

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Ladydale Diary

As I write, I’m looking down from my upstairs office window at my wife as she tends to the chickens and ducks. She’s wrapped up warm, indicative of the chill turn in the weather. That said, and taking a quick look at the thermometer outside my office window, 47 degrees is hardly chilling, considering the time of the year. It’s just that the temperature has been nudging the 60s over the past few days.
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