Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

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    The Soul of a Poet

    My generation is perhaps the last to whom the figure of Aleksandr Sol-zhe-nitsyn looms as large as a legend. I have vague, hazy recollections as a boy, and as a teenager, of the man in the news who was depicted as a hero against Soviet...

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    Waiting for Greatness

    According to John O’Sullivan’s version of recent history, in the fullness of time, three great conservative leaders—Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher—came unexpectedly to occupy positions of power, to shatter post-World War...

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    Surprise! Surprise!

    In 1988, I wrote in a review in these pages, “If there is any young historian out there who wants to know where the cutting edge is in American historical understanding, it is . . . the new and coming field of Northern history.”

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    Un Monstre étrange

    To translate a play by Corneille (1606-84), one of the “big three” dramatists (along with Racine and Molière) of the classical period in France, is to challenge most trends of contemporary American taste, starting with the reigning, and...

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