Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, --selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life-- is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work.
Looking at the works of diverse writers as the gens de couleur libre poets of antebellum New Orleans, this book focuses on the shifting and contradictory ways Catholicism has signified within southern literature and culture. It contributes to a more nuanced understanding of American and southern literary and cultural history.
New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.
This book will be of interest to those in the book trade, either publishers or booksellers, and all those concerned with the future of publishing in both the U.S. and Britain. Several chapters deal specifically with "The American Scene" and with "Bookselling in the USA". Among the contributors are: Gerald Howard, formerly with New American Library and Penguin USA, and now at W.W. Norton; Tim Rix, former Chairman of Longman; Nigel Newton of Bloomsbury; Lennie Goodings from Virago; lan Chapman of Pan Macmillan; Dan Franklin of Secker & Warburg; and Tim Waterstone from the Waterstone chain.
The Roman philosopher Boethius (c. 480-524) is best known for the "Consolation of Philosophy," one of the most frequently cited texts in medieval literature. In the "Consolation," an unnamed Boethius sits in prison awaiting execution when his muse Philosophy appears to him. Her offer to teach him who he truly is and to lead him to his heavenly home becomes a debate about how to come to terms with evil, freedom, and providence. The conventional reading of the "Consolation" is that it is a defense of pagan philosophy; nevertheless, many readers who accept this basic argument find that the ending is ambiguous and that Philosophy has not, finally, given the prisoner the comfort she had promised. In "The Prisoner's Philosophy," Joel C. Relihan delivers a genuinely new reading of the "Consolation." He argues that it is a Christian work dramatizing not the truths of philosophy as a whole, but the limits of pagan philosophy in particular. He views it as one of a number of literary experiments of late antiquity, taking its place alongside Augustine's "Confessions" and "Soliloquies" as a spiritual meditation, as an attempt by Boethius to speak objectively about the life of the mind and its relation to God. Relihan discerns three fundamental stories intertwined in the "Consolation" an ironic retelling of Plato's "Crito, " an adaptation of Lucian's "Jupiter Confutatus, " and a sober reduction of "Job" to a quiet dialogue in which the wounded innocent ultimately learns wisdom in silence. Relihan's claim that Boethius's text was written as a Menippean satire does not rest merely on identifying a mixture of disparate literary influences on the text, or on the combination of verse and prose or of fantasy and morality. More important, Relihan argues, Boethius deliberately dramatizes the act of writing about systematic knowledge in a way that calls into question the value of that knowledge. Philosophy's attempt to lead an exile to God's heaven is rejected; the exile comes to accept the value of the phenomenal world, and theology replaces philosophy to explain the place of human beings in the order of the world. Boethius Christianizes the genre of Menippean satire, and his "Consolation" is a work about humility and prayer. "Acknowledging that the "Consolation of Philosophy" is 'over-familiar and under-read, ' Joel Relihan puts to the side old bromides about the work and instead pays careful attention to the narrative(s) Boethius constructs, grounding his readings in the contexts the work cultivates, especially its Menippean elements. The result is perhaps the first satisfying reading of the "Consolation" to be produced, a satisfaction felt also in the ways Relihan mirrors Boethius himself in the thoroughness of his scholarship and the elegance of his exposition. No one who studies Boethius will be able to ignore this book." --Joseph Pucci, Brown University "Anyone who has been fascinated, intrigued, or perhaps puzzled by the meaning, structure, or argument of Boethius's "Consolation of Philosophy" will find Joel Relihan's new book a welcome addition to the study of this core text of the early medieval world whose influence extends to the present time. Relihan's study is a tour de force that belongs in the library of all those who appreciate Boethius's depth and subtlety. Fortune's wheel has indeed turned in the favor of those who wish to explore with Relihan the intricacies and brilliance of the "Consolation."" --Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., Saint Anselm College
This guide includes a history of the fiction writers, journalists, poets, critics and others who have been associated with New Orleans. It also includes a tour of author's homes and hangouts, a reading list of New Orleans titles in categories from mysteries to cooking; and a list of bookshops.