Marriage Can Change Everything

Marriage Can Change Everything

Jack: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson. Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2020. Hardcover, 320 pages, $27. Reviewed by J. L. Wall Why, I ask students who are reading Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, does John Ames never directly give us his wife’s name? It’s only learned late in the...
Stuck with Pound

Stuck with Pound

Cathay: A Critical Edition by Ezra Pound, Edited by Timothy Billings. Fordham University Press, 2019. Hardcover, 364 pages, $35. The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound by Daniel Swift. Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2017, Hardcover, 320 pages, $27....
A Paean to Craftsmanship

A Paean to Craftsmanship

Works and Days by Hesiod, translated by A. E. Stallings. Penguin Classics, 2018. Paperback, 112 pages, $8.45. Reviewed by J. L. Wall The new Penguin edition of Hesiod’s Works and Days includes a map. This is a curious decision. There are no journeys in the poem,...
Taking Serious Poetry Seriously

Taking Serious Poetry Seriously

Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period by Anthony Domestico. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 168 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by J. L. Wall Literary modernism resembles the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the twentieth century: the sick old man of...

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