189. (William Shakespeare)

The experiences of time, from its swelling (the remove from the court in As You Like It) and contracting time (Richard II; Macbeth), of time bandying the lives of characters (early comedies), of characters clearing space in the determined march of history (Falstaff), suggests that Shakespeare’s openness to a variety of individuals and passions can be conceived as an imaginative openness and sensitivity to time, not as … Continue reading 189. (William Shakespeare)

65. (Thomas Carew)

Thomas Carew was a contributor to the flourishing of poetic elegance at the Caroline court in the years before the nation plunged into Civil Wars. He was friends with John Suckling and at least an acquaintance of Aurelian Townshend: a coterie to admire. One critical question is how Carew’s art can be distinguished from that of his peers, the list of whom might be extended … Continue reading 65. (Thomas Carew)

57. (Willa Cather)

Willa Cather invented a new sort of novel, as innovative as anything by her modernist peers, and distinguished from theirs in several ways—including, I think, how much her novel lets her successfully do. She has more than two great novels, but two of the indisputably great ones, Death Comes for the Archbishop and its precursor in publication and preoccupation The Professor’s House, stand apart and together for … Continue reading 57. (Willa Cather)