If Shakespeare Was a Woman, Might Jane Austen Have Been a Man?

By |2019-06-01T22:41:22-05:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Jane Austen, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors, Shakespearian Authorship, William Shakespeare|

We live in a mad, mad world where anything goes and many things have gone. One of the things that appears to have gone is a sense of sanity. Take, for instance, a recent essay in The Atlantic which claims to show that William Shakespeare was in fact a woman.[*] The essay itself, which was [...]

Great Books I Wouldn’t Want to Be In (And Some I Would!)

By |2019-04-26T23:13:59-05:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: Books, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Books, Homer, Jane Austen, Mark Twain|

It is interesting that at least half the great books I considered for this list were stories I would not want to enter, but loved reading. Literature allows us to gain a breadth of experience our own circumstances would not permit and at very little expense to us… If there’s something book lovers like [...]

Jane Austen Forever!

By |2018-11-28T21:34:42-05:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Classics, Culture, Education, Fiction, Jane Austen, Literature, Television|

Pick up a Jane Austen novel, and you will discover that behind the long gowns and country dances, people in her era struggled with the same weaknesses we struggle with today. Well-written stories like Austen’s bring to life the human drama that is played out in every age, in every heart… I’ve been reading [...]

Proper Matches, Romantic Elopements, & True Love in Jane Austen’s Novels

By |2018-09-04T22:21:36-05:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Happiness, Jane Austen, Literature, Love, Marriage, Mitchell Kalpakgian|

Jane Austen’s heroines live, choose, and marry according to the highest wisdom about love that is ruled by principle, not convention—by the prudent mind, pure heart, and informed conscience rather than by the false prudence of the world preoccupied by money, image, lust, or self-interest… Readers of Jane Austen’s novels recognize the plot that [...]

The Perfection of Jane Austen

By |2018-11-21T08:38:38-05:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture, E.B., Eva Brann, Jane Austen, Literature, Plato, St. John's College|

Jane Austen’s world is as merry as it is good. All the novels are perfect comedies—mirthful throughout and happy in outcome. Despite their brightness and lightness, these novels are in no way trivial—they are simply not concerned with those terrific follies presented to the scourge of public laughter in classical comic drama… Since this [...]

The Moral Imagination & Imaginative Conservatism

By |2018-11-21T08:38:39-05:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, E.B., Edmund Burke, Eva Brann, Imagination, Jane Austen, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Moral Imagination|

Moral imagination runs not incidentally but necessarily in tandem with a certain aspect of conservatism, what I think of as imaginative conservatism… The Moral Imagination: From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling, by Gertrude Himmelfarb (259 pages, Ivan R. Dee, 2006) The Moral Imagination is a very engaging collection of a dozen essays on a dozen [...]

On Being Conservative

By |2019-01-11T13:02:18-05:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Family, Jane Austen, Marriage, Philosophy, Robert Nisbet, T.S. Eliot|

To be a conservative is first and foremost to defend or to conserve something good: to protect family, neighborhood, local community, and region… Louis de Bonald Of the many attempts to define conservatism in recent decades, one of the most compelling is Robert Nisbet’s: “The essence of this body of ideas is the [...]

Fanaticism: Distorting Humanity?

By |2018-12-21T07:18:10-05:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Ideology, Jane Austen, John Henry Newman, St. Augustine, Timeless Essays|

In his narrow pursuit of one ruling idea, the fanatic ignores the greater world surrounding him and blinds himself to the rest of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mitchell Kalpakgian as he explores the nature of the fanatic and how fanaticism is incompatible with [...]

Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists & Novelists

By |2019-03-26T16:45:22-05:00March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Great Books, History, Jane Austen, Literature, Philosophy|

In an age when transgressive readings of literary classics have become the norm, it is refreshing to hear from a scholar who takes Jane Austen’s works as he finds them, not as he wishes them to be… Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists by Peter W. Graham (216 pages, Routledge, 2008) Jane Austen’s [...]

Jane Austen’s Morality of Marriage

By |2017-11-23T21:36:10-05:00November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Family, Jane Austen, Love, Marriage, Morality|

For Jane Austen, happiness in general is the goal of human action done according to morality, a code of conduct according to which every person has value; and happiness in marriage is the result of each spouse valuing and pursuing the other’s happiness above all else… In our time, according to one of several [...]

The Humility of Jane Austen

By |2017-07-12T12:42:45-05:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Character, Dwight Longenecker, England, Great Books, Jane Austen, Senior Contributors|

The continued appeal of Jane Austen’s work is in the true simplicity and humility hidden within the complex, deceitful web of human pride and prejudice… Taking some entertainment time, we sat down last week to watch again the classic BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) was just as [...]

Marriage: The Last, Best Gift of Heaven

By |2017-05-12T08:37:44-05:00March 18th, 2017|Categories: Books, Featured, Jane Austen, Marriage|

For Jane Austen’s heroines, marriage is the end towards which their virtuous lives are directed… Above all other blessings Oh! God, for ourselves, and our fellow-creatures, we implore Thee to quicken our sense of thy Mercy in the redemption of the World, of the Value of that Holy Religion in which we have been [...]

Fanaticism: Distorting Humanity?

By |2016-07-26T16:03:44-05:00July 26th, 2016|Categories: G.K. Chesterton, Ideology, Jane Austen, John Henry Newman, St. Augustine|

A fanatic is a person obsessed with one idea, a monomaniac ruled by one dominant compulsion that governs all his thoughts and actions. He is enslaved by one predominant passion that dictates all his motives and decisions. Ruled by revenge, Captain Ahab in Moby Dick is determined to hunt and kill the white whale that inflicted [...]

“The Awakening of Miss Prim”: A Breath of Fresh Sanity

By |2016-10-04T12:14:24-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Books, Jane Austen, Joseph Pearce|

Over the past few days I’ve been reading through Alfred A. Knopf 1915-2015: A Century of Publishing, a volume celebrating the legacy of one of the world’s most influential publishers. Knopf, now a division of Random House, has published twenty-five Nobel Prize winners and numerous Pullitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. What struck [...]