My recent posts on the subject of "falling towers", an allusion to Eliot’s Waste Land, prompted this comment from a friend: "No city, not even Rome, is eternal, and the Church goes on in the human heart and soul, not in stone and mortar." This is my response.
What do Brigid Brophy, G. D. H. Cole, William de Morgan, Nigel Dennis, William Gerhardie, Richard Hughes, Ann Jellico, Alun Lewis, Robert Nichols, T. F. Powys, Jon Silkin, May Sinclair, J. C. Squire, Andrew Young and Francis Young have in common? The most obvious answer is that almost nobody has heard of any of them. The next answer is that they are all British literary figures of the twentieth century. The third and most scandalous answer is that they all warrant more space in The Oxford Companion to English Literature (5th edition) than does a certain J. R. R. Tolkien.
Welcome and enjoy the 29th installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!
So, continuing last week’s serpentine saga, the five foot long black snake did not escape from the coop, in which we’d incarcerated it, which is good to know because if a snake can’t get out, a snake can’t get in. We relocated it, as planned, so it’s now out of the way.
I’ve just scheduled this week’s new postings to the Inner Sanctum, that part of my personal website (jpearce.co) reserved for those inner circle of friends who support my work by becoming donor-subscribers. Here’s what’s new, or soon will be, in the Inner Sanctum:
The latest of the weekly audio lectures on the work of Tolkien and Lewis.
The latest entry in The Ladydale Diary, giving my daily musings on life at home with my family, including what’s happening with the critters, wild and domesticated, in our yard and the woods surrounding our home, what we’re reading as a family, what I’m watching, and where I’ve been travelling.
Unfalling Towers: My musings on Eliot’s The Waste Land, on Rome as the Eternal City and on the England that doesn’t die.
Tolkien’s Last Laugh: A look at the way that Tolkien is neglected, ignored and abused by England’s self-styled literati and how he has the last laugh at the expense of their silly superciliousness.
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The Catholic Herald has just published an article of mine on the influence of the saints on Shakespeare’s Muse:
There is a world of difference between arguing, which is good, and quarreling, which isn’t. Here I beg to differ with my good friend Christopher Blum in our podcast discussion on Hamlet:
Here is Tim Keller’s excellent summary of Tolkien’s philosophy of myth:
The jungle is upon us! Or at least that’s how it feels to an Englishman who grew up in a more sedate natural environment than the one I now find myself in. South Carolina is alive with critters that still seem strange to me.