Category: Arts & Literature

Tillinghast, Richard: W.B. Yeats, “The labyrinth of another’s being”

The New Criterion, Nov. 1997 THE VEILS surrounding the twentieth century’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats, come in such degrees of thickness and coloration that we shall probably never see the man plain. The title…

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Tarkovsky, Andrei: Sculpting in Time

Tarkovsky, Andrei: Sculpting in Time

Translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair, University of Texas Press, 1987. Today it seems to me far more important to talk not so much about art in general or the function of cinema in particular, as about…

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Royal, Robert: Τhe other Camus

Royal, Robert: Τhe other Camus

The Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 1995, Washington, D.C. Albert Camus died in literature’s most stunning car crash on January 4, 1960; he had lived in two very different worlds. One extended into the highest reaches of…

Quincey, Thomas De: Goethe Then and Now

Extracts from the 8th edition (1852-1860) of Encyclopaedia Britannica It now remains to say a few words by way of summing up his pretensions as a man, and his intellectual power in the age to…

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Portillo, Luis: Unamuno’s Last Lecture

Portillo, Luis: Unamuno’s Last Lecture

Horizon review, December 1941 ‘Unamuno died suddenly, as one who dies in war. Against whom? Perhaps against himself; and also, although many may not believe it, against the men who sold Spain and betrayed his…

Chesterton, G. K.: Famous Paintings

From The Chesterton Review, Febr-May 1997 The statement that the work of the Old Masters can be effective for popular education is not such a platitude as it will at first appear. It is both…

Michelangelo: A document and two letters on his work in San Pietro, Rome

Excerpts from his own Letters and Papers translated and edited by Robert W. Carden, London 1913 Contract for the Pieta Die VII mensis augusti, 1498 Be it known and manifest to all who shall read…

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McKillop, Alan D.: Goethe and literary criticism

McKillop, Alan D.: Goethe and literary criticism

Goethe and literary criticism GOETHE is the supreme example in modern literature of the genius whose works are so many aspects of a rich and dramatic personal career. It is sometimes said that Boswell’s Life…