Author: Catharine Savage Brosman (Catharine Savage Brosman)

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Raisonné Dérèglement
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Raisonné Dérèglement

Whether all authorities agree with what is averred here—that Ernest Hemingway was one of America’s greatest writers—is uncertain.  Surely, however, his work constituted a watershed; if his chastened style and objective manner no longer seem striking, it is because subsequent American writing owes so much to him that his originality is disguised.  Prima facie evidence...

A Dirge Transposed
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A Dirge Transposed

“A novel,” wrote Stendhal, “is a mirror carried along a road.”  In Cyn-thia Shearer’s new book, the road, literally speaking, is that between the invented town of Madagascar, Mississippi, where the action is centered, and Memphis, the other major setting; metaphorically, it is the distance the South has traveled from about 1950 to the early 21st...

Metaphoric Angels
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Metaphoric Angels

Richard Wilbur’s long and distinguished writing career demonstrates that a poet can go against literary fashions, shunning what passes for received wisdom, and still earn critical praise and become an important figure on the literary landscape.  Few of his contemporaries have accomplished even part of what he has managed: to produce work of outstanding quality,...

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Sunset in the Head

Proust wrote, in Time Regained, that “Style is a question not of technique, but of vision.”  Technique may be said to inform and undergird the style, but the artistic vision has priority: It is the style.  In Charles Edward Eaton’s recent collection, his 17th, comprising new verse (some published previously in Chronicles) and a generous...

Three Against the World
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Three Against the World

In the political writings of Alexis de Tocque-ville (1805-1859), Francis Lie-ber (1798-1872), and Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), we find insights, opinions, and warnings of great current applicability, especially with regard to international affairs.  The task Professor David Clinton sets himself in this excellent study is not, however, primarily to draw conclusions concerning the present but to...

Sublime Misrule
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Sublime Misrule

X.J. Kennedy can be said almost to be a popular literary figure.  (A New Jersey native, Joseph Charles Ken-nedy, born in 1929, adopted his pen name upon settling in Massachusetts.)  This is not at all to say that he belongs to popular, or mass, culture.  But his accomplishments in verse have been widely recognized, and deservedly...