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Why “Coriolanus” by William Shakespeare is a Great Book

John J. Miller is joined by Adam Carrington of Hillsdale College to discuss William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.

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Romeo and Juliet in a Nutshell

The correct way of reading the play is what might be called the moral or cautionary approach in which the tragedy is caused by the abandonment of reason in the face of erotic love or…

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What We Can Learn From Anne Elliot’s Quiet Strength In ‘Persuasion’

“Persuasion” is Jane Austen’s thoughtful novel that perfectly balances tradition and modernity.

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Dante and the Face of Geryon

In Dante’s vision, fraud is the deepest, most infernal sin, and yet it does not appear at all among the capital sins whose punishments are willingly undergone in “Purgatorio.” Why is that?

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The Power of Restraint: ‘The Wrath of Achilles’

Reaching Within: What traditional art offers the heart

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Why “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a Great Book

John J. Miller is joined by Jessica Hooten Wilson of the University of Dallas to discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

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Elizabeth Kantor joins the podcast to discuss The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature.

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The Divine Comedy in a Nutshell

Echoing Baring, T.S. Eliot remarked that he was so in awe of Dante’s brilliance that he felt that there was nothing to do in his presence but to point to him and remain silent.

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6 Lessons The Modern Woman Can Learn From Jane Austen

The 1800s novelist who wrote (to put it very simply) love stories is a source of truth and wisdom that the modern individual can still benefit from today.

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Empowering the Rapist: Shakespeare Abuse Becomes Sexual Abuse

Having been forced into retirement by the old-school Puritans, Shakespeare is now being routinely abused by a new generation of puritans who are equally obsessed with censoring the goodness, truth and beauty of his Muse.

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Dante Alighieri: All About Love

When the Beatles crooned “Love is all you need” in 1967, they coined an anthem for the flower power age, but when Dante Alighieri composed “The Love that moves the sun and the other stars,”…

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Oedipus at Colonus in a Nutshell

In the final play, Oedipus at Colonus, he solves the riddle of man and the mystery of suffering through the moral lessons that Oedipus has learned from the tragic experiences recounted in the earlier play.