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June 14th, 2012The Shakespearian Tragedy Ragby Kevin O'Brien
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The Evidence for Shakespeare’s Catholicismby Joseph Pearce
I've received an e-mail from a student studying Theatre History who is doing a research project on Shakespeare's Catholicism. The student requested a list of books and essays offering evidence that Shakespeare was a believing Catholic.
Regarding your question, you should check out the extensive five-page bibliography in my book, The Quest for Shakespeare. Books I would particularly recommend on Shakespeare's Catholicism (apart from my own three books on the topic!) are:
Boorstin, Creativity, and Augustineby Daniel J. Heisey
While nine of his twenty-two books are still in print, albeit in paperback, Random House, under its Vintage imprint, has brought out a new hardcover edition of Daniel J. Boorstin’s The Creators. Boorstin (1914-2004) was a master of clear, succinct prose that went to the heart of any subject he chose to study. Among his many interests was the theology of history presented by Saint Augustine of Hippo.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, but reared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Boorstin began his career as a lawyer, having studied at Harvard, Yale, and Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, he distinguished himself by being admitted to the bar both in America and in Britain. He then taught for twenty-five years at the University of Chicago, and his professional life culminated with service as Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987. Between 1958 and 1973 wrote The Americans, a highly-acclaimed three-volume history of the United States. In 1962 he wrote The Image, about the trend towards publicity and celebrity being dominant features in modern life.
Painter of the Popesby Joseph Pearce
I had the inestimable honour recently of interviewing the Russian artist, Igor Babailov, now resident in Nashville, who has painted official portraits of the last three popes, as well as celebrated portraits of George Washington, George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin and many others. Babailov, indubitably one of the greatest artists alive today, is a vociferous champion of realism and is critical of much of the nonsense in modern art. In short, he is a veritable breath of fresh air in a very stale environment!