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Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House revolves around three intrepid explorers who accept Professor Montague’s invitation to spend a summer living there, getting to know one another and getting to know—intimately—the workings of the house...
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Thomas Jefferson was one of the architects of the American political system. He was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, helped to shape Constitutional interpretation, and was a virtual wellspring of the ideas...
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Man, it is often said, cannot jump over his own shadow. The poet—and by "poet" I mean a writer of imaginative works in verse or prose—leaps over the universe... Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. I
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The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. — J.R.R. Tolkien to Robert Murray, S.J.
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It can be dangerous to depict evil. Accuracy might require getting too close to things best kept at bay. J.R.R. Tolkien once cautioned his friend, C.S. Lewis, concerning Mr. Lewis’ skill in depicting evil....
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I didn’t have to be here, I reflected, as I watched the bandit emerge from the jungle at the far end of the bridge. I could be at home—or, what was home for the...

Do you want to rule a world? Blow apart a sun? Test a theory of community? Explore the very depths of depravity? End slavery and misery? Destroy all empires? It is possible. . ....
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"I should like to record my own love and my children's love of E.A. Wyke-Smith's Marvellous Land of Snergs," reads an endorsement on the cover of that book. The endorser is J.R.R. Tolkien, and...
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The past few years have shown some waning in the exceptional popularity of J.J.R. Tolkien's fantasy writings, but the "Tolkien phenomenon" is a clearly established fact of modern literary history. I am certain that his works will be...
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As a conservative who loves the arts, I often have frustrating moments when I realize that a writer, artist, or musician who I particularly admire is fervently committed to the political left.  It is a cause...
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Toward the end of her life, Flannery O’Connor was often asked to speak about being a Southerner, as though this were a peculiar condition in need of explanation. In “The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South,”...
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Let’s begin our discussion of faith and fiction by playing devil’s advocate, or, at least, by giving the devil his due. It cannot be denied that the devil has had great success in convincing many people...
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Someone once cracked wise by saying, “Everyone has a book in them…and for most people that’s where it should stay.” Therefore when someone sends me the manuscript, the book, the outline for a book, or a book...
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Conservatism in America, though so often defeated at the polls, always has held its head high among men of letters. And in some ways the most influential American writer of conservative instincts was Nathaniel Hawthorne, the “boned...