Cicero Bruce

About Cicero Bruce

Dr. Cicero Bruce is Professor of English at Dalton State College. He is the author of W.H. Auden’s Moral Imagination and author of the introduction to the new edition of Crowd Culture by Bernard Iddings Bell.

Defending the Permanent Things

By |2020-05-20T16:04:50-05:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Books, Classical Education, Culture, Education, Language, Liberal Learning|

Apologists for Greek and Latin have lately dwindled. Yet in the past several years there have been some notable attempts to save classical education from utter extinction—one of which is Tracy Lee Simmons’ “Climbing Parnassus.” Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin, by Tracy Lee Simmons (290 pages, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007) [...]

The Ghost of Dickens Past

By |2020-05-22T15:13:51-05:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Conservatism, Literature|

Critics have well acquainted us with Charles Dickens the sentimentalist—lover of the oppressed, defender of childhood innocence, decrier of England’s industrial sweatshops. But seldom have they given readers a glimpse of the Dickens with whom Myron Magnet deals in “Dickens and the Social Order”: Dickens the philosophical traditionalist. Dickens and the Social Order, by [...]

Reading the “Illiad” in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-08-07T00:18:23-05:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Classics, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays|

It is impossible to love both the victors and the vanquished, as the Iliad does, except from the place, outside the world, where God’s Wisdom dwells… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Cicero Bruce as he considers the Iliad in light of eternity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher [...]

Bernard Iddings Bell, Rebel Rouser

By |2016-08-03T10:36:54-05:00May 27th, 2014|Categories: Bernard Iddings Bell, Christendom, Christianity, Education|Tags: , |

Bernard Iddings Bell Bernard Iddings Bell (1886-1958) wrote several controversial books examining the American way of life. These fine little books attracted considerable attention, many of them beginning as articles in the New York Times Magazine, Commonweal, and the Atlantic Monthly. By 1950 Bell, an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, was [...]

The Sacramental Art of Flannery O’Connor

By |2015-11-10T17:57:03-06:00November 12th, 2013|Categories: Art, Featured, Flannery O'Connor, Liberal Learning, South|Tags: |

In her study of the South’s preeminent fictionist, Flannery O’Connor’s Sacramental Art, Susan Srigley reconsiders three of Flannery O’Connor’s most significant figures: Hazel Motes, Francis Tarwater, and Ruby Turpin. The former are, respectively, the curious protagonists of O’Connor’s two and only novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. The other is the [...]

Reading the Iliad in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-04-07T10:52:16-05:00June 9th, 2012|Categories: Classics, Featured, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

Published originally during the Second World War, Simone Weil’s “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force” and Rachel Bespaloff’s “On the Iliad” are two of the last century’s finest discussions of Western literature’s preeminent epic. The former, said Elizabeth Hardwick, “is one of the most moving and original literary essays ever written.” The other, [...]

Pointing God’s Pilgrims Home

By |2014-08-19T14:40:16-05:00December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Books, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: |

Aliens in America: The Strange Truth About Our Souls. By Peter Augustine Lawler. ISI Books. In Aliens in America, Peter Augustine Lawler argues convincingly, if disturbingly, that Americans, having been seduced by the latest manifestations of philosophical nominalism and by the new utopianism of biotechnology, are blindly and in dangerously large numbers opting to [...]

The Tribunal of Great Writers

By |2016-07-28T19:33:00-05:00December 19th, 2011|Categories: Books, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Literature, Wyoming Catholic College|Tags: |

Why Literature Matters: Permanence and the Politics of Reputation by Glenn C. Arbery An overwhelming majority of those who teach literature and thereby determine what imaginative works will–or will not–be taught in subsequent decades have forgotten, or deliberately ignored, the purpose of literature. Many teachers are simply unable to distinguish writing that is forever contemporary [...]

A Call to Con­tem­pla­tives: Fr. Vincent McNabb

By |2017-07-10T14:58:51-05:00April 12th, 2011|Categories: Books, Culture|Tags: , |

The Church and the Land, by Fr. Vin­cent Mc­N­abb. Few in our time have heard of Fa­ther Vincent McNabb—Irish­man, Do­mini­can the­olo­gian, lead­ing light among the Dis­trib­utists, and man of par­a­dig­matic char­ac­ter. Nor would many today rel­ish what he had to say if, by some chance en­counter, they were in­tro­duced to one or more of his [...]