Catharine Savage Brosman

Catherine Savage Brosman is poetry editor for Chronicles.

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  • View From the Left Bank
    October 2010

    View From the Left Bank

    After the Great War, Sylvia Beach founded, with money from her mother, Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookshop and lending library on the Left Bank in Paris. As the American expatriate wrote much later, “I have always loved books and their authors.”

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  • The Uses of a Liberal Education
    September 2010

    The Uses of a Liberal Education

    On September 1, 1939, an Englishman named Harry Hinsley, walking between two lines of Nazi soldiers, crossed slowly and nervously the bridge connecting Kehl in Germany with Strasbourg in France. He made it to the French side before the border was closed. He had been warned to leave.

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  • Not a Live Tribe
    June 2010

    Not a Live Tribe

    Alphabetical order is useful for miscellaneous collections of items such as indexes, directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, address books, and musings and bits of lore (Voltaire’s Alphabet of Wit, for example).

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  • Prometheus Unbound
    May 2010

    Prometheus Unbound

    This volume, belonging to the Iowa Whitman Series, is identified as “the 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition” of Leaves of Grass, third edition (1860). Originally issued in 1855, at the author’s expense, the collection was revised and republished in 1856, 1860, 1867, 1871, 1881-82, and finally 1892.

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  • March 2010

    The New Yorker Under Glass

    The first issue of The New Yorker (February 21, 1925) showed on its cover a dandy in top hat, high collar, and morning suit gazing through his monocle at a butterfly. The drawing is reproduced yearly, and butterflies became a cover motif.

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  • A Gentleman’s Badges
    October 2009

    A Gentleman’s Badges

    “Truth is stranger than fiction.” This commonplace is abundantly illustrated by the life of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-99), the young Paris watchmaker who is most famous for his plays The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro.

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  • August 2009

    How the Historical Novel Has Changed!

    Should one read Hervey Allen or Anne Rice? Why should the question be asked at all? Why might a discriminating reader today even think of picking up either Hervey Allen’s massive best-seller of 1933, Anthony Adverse, or The Feast of All Saints (1979) by Anne Rice, a hugely popular contemporary author?

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  • May 2009

    The Puzzle of France

    Robert Gildea, professor of modern history at Oxford, is the author of some half-dozen volumes dealing with France after 1800 or, in one case, Europe as a whole. Most are broad studies or learned surveys (the terms are not intended as pejorative), very detailed, usually concentrating on one or more aspects of the picture.

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  • La Plus Belle France
    November 2008

    La Plus Belle France

    The subtitle of this handsome illustrated volume, “A Historical Geography From the Revolution to the First World War,” usefully indicates the book’s historical dimension, which the title alone does not convey.

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  • A Life in Literature
    September 2008

    A Life in Literature

    In May 2003, Christian Wiman was named the new editor of Poetry, the Chicago-based magazine that Harriet Monroe founded and made justly famous. This appointment came a year after Ruth Lilly made a massive gift to the magazine that brought its endowment to nearly $200 million and attracted enormous media attention.

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  • Seeing Clear
    July 2008

    Seeing Clear

    X.J. Kennedy is admired for his great skill in treating contemporary topics in traditional forms and especially for his cultivation of light verse. Throughout the present book, Kennedy’s writing illustrates what almost every literate person knows, even though many write as if they thought otherwise: that style, whether in prose or poetry, carries meaning and is thus an aspect of content.

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  • Give Us Your Coyotes
    June 2008

    Give Us Your Coyotes

    From Aesop on, through Ovid, Chaucer, La Fontaine, and Dry­den, to George Orwell, the genre of the animal fable (whether in verse or prose) has been useful to moralists and critics of human behavior.

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  • Cool Britannia Gothic
    September 2007

    Cool Britannia Gothic

    Does the public get the books it wants? Publishers, in their own interest, make it their business to see to that, whether it is a question of chemistry text-books or novels.

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  • <i>Un Monstre étrange</i>
    August 2007

    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 deplorable, standards of behavior and language.

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  • The Greening of America
    June 2007

    The Greening of America

    This handsome book, with its dust-jacket reproduction of Hughson Hawley’s Laying the Tracks at Broadway and 14th Street (ca. 1891), is unique in American anthology-making.

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  • An American Life
    May 2007

    An American Life

    It is not impossible, merely difficult, for the author of a highly praised first novel to produce a second worthy of its predecessor.

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  • O Literature, Thou Art Sick
    July 2006

    O Literature, Thou Art Sick

    The present condition of literature (as that term is ordinarily understood), at least in America, is obviously unhealthy. Its illness is the result not only of internal undermining, “the invisible worm” of Blake’s “The Sick Rose,” but of external conditions, the “howling storm” on which the worm (however implausibly) rode.

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  • Seasoned Travels
    February 2006

    Seasoned Travels

    Readers of Chronicles are familiar with Chilton Williamson, Jr.’s regular contributions under the title The Hundredth Meridian, a rubric launched in the 1990’s. The first two dozen or so of these columns were conceived as chapters in a serialized book.

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  • A Day With Cyprien
    January 2006

    A Day With Cyprien

    Cyprien has been on my mind since last week, when I put on again the blue Daum earrings that I brought back from Paris a few years ago.

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  • Art and Artist
    October 2005

    Art and Artist

    This collection of essays, generally short, on some two dozen authors, chiefly novelists, underlines “the delight of great books,” to borrow a phrase from John Erskine.

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