Edgar Allan Poe’s Hymn to Our Lady

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Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe once penned a hymn to Our Lady?Poe, the tortured poet of the American Romantic Movement, is best known for his stories of mystery and the macabre--stories like "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," and famous narrative poems like "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee."His onomatopoeic poem "The Bells," which was published after his death in 1849, is believed to have been inspired by the bells of the tower at … [Read more...]

The Father Brown Mysteries: A Little Beach Reading from Chesterton

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"Father Brown is one of the few characters in all fiction who--through his humanity, sagacity, personal charm and credible genius--is likely to survive the fickle years."That high praise for G.K. Chesterton's clerical sleuth comes from none other than Ellery Queen, the pseudonymous mystery writing team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee.Father Brown was, in Chesterton's imagination, a short, stumpy Roman Catholic priest, "formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in … [Read more...]

Feline Spirituality: Lessons Learned from Christopher’s Cat

  "For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good cat." Eighteenth-century English poet Christopher Smart was a complex man. A gifted poet and writer, a successful magazine editor and composer of music for the theatre, Smart was nonetheless known for excessive drinking and reckless spending. He suffered from a religious mania that compelled him to continuous prayer. His good friend, poet Samuel Johnson, commenting on that aspect of his personality, wrote, "My poor friend … [Read more...]


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