All posts by Joseph Pearce

The Controversial Genius of Richard Wagner

The new issue of the St. Austin Review (StAR) is just published. Highlights of the July/August issue:

John Henry Crosby introduces and translates selections from a never before published essay by Dietrich von Hildebrand on the genius of Richard Wagner. A world exclusive!

We also publish an extract of Charles Maxwell Lancaster’s previously unpublished translation of Gottfried von Strassberg’s Tristan and Isolde. Another world exclusive!

Henry Zeiter admires “Wagner’s Operas of Redemption and Salvation”.

Maurice Baring allows Wagner to inspire his Muse.

Laura Freeburn is “Seeing Mediaeval Culture through the Lens of German Romanticism” in Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

Donald DeMarco compares the cultural influence of Wagner, Darwin and Marx.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker ponders “Wagner, Tolkien and the Ring of Power”.

Susan Treacy perceives “A Faith Refashioned” in Wagner’s Parsifal.

Mark Deavin asks whether Parsifal is a Catholic opera.

Ruth Asch translates Paul Verlaine’s “Parsifal”.

Ruth Asch also translates Verlaine’s poem “To Ludwig II, King of Bavaria”.

Robert Asch grapples with “The Modern World and the Vocation of the King” in Luchino Visconti’s film, Ludwig.

James Bemis appraises Napoleon, Abel Gance’s classic film.

K. V. Turley‘s regular film column discusses “Chernobyl, Stalker and St. John Paul II”.

Michael Kurek takes us on “A Composer’s Journey” seeking “a reunion of the good, the true, and the beautiful”.

Kevin O’Brien contemplates “Songs of Innocence and Songs of Suicide”.

Fr. Benedict Kiely considers secularism and agrees with T. S. Eliot that “The Experiment will Fail”.

Roy Schoeman praises Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre.

Benjamin V. Beier expresses enthusiasm for John Senior and the Restoration of Realism by Fr. Francis Bethel.

Plus new poetry by David Lyle Jeffrey and Pavel Chichikov.

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Playing with the Essence of Lewis, Tolkien & Chesterton

If we had to name the defining characteristics of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and G. K. Chesterton using only one word to describe each, which word would we choose. I play this game of word association in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative:

Taken together, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton might not be a holy trinity but they are certainly a holy triumvirate enabling us to see the world with rooted clarity and childlike wisdom… (essay by Joseph Pearce)