New Books, 6/9/17

Thorkild Hansen’s telling of the disastrous 18th-century Danish expedition to Yemen is coming back into print, thanks to NYRB Classics. NYRB is also turning out Patrick Leigh Fermor’s novel The Violins of Saint-Jacques, as well as another reissue of his letters with Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, In Tearing Haste, Chateaubriand’s Memoirs from Beyond the Grave, and a fat volume of Elizabeth Hardwick’s collected essays.

The father of my friend Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist., has what is sure to be an excellent book on Theology of the Body coming out this winter.

Princeton is reprinting their reprint of Steven Shapin & Simon Schaffer’s book in their Princeton Classics series, Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life.

I’ve never heard of Michael Szonyi, and I am not what anyone would call knowledgeable about Imperial China, but the little that I do know about its government tells me that The Art of Being Governed will be interesting.

Lu Xun, whom I learned about only last week, is being brought to English-speakers thanks to Harvard’s translation of twenty-six of his essays.

Roger Scruton has written Our Country: A Book of Resolution and Resolve as a sort of companion volume to his Our Church, which I thought was a bit disappointing. Also new from him is the paperback edition of Politics Of Culture and Other Essays.

Margaret Willes has written a comparative biography of the two great and very different 17th-century diarists, Evelyn and Pepys.

Another forthcoming group biography, this one by Piotr Kosicki, follows the early 20th-century Polish Catholic intellectuals, among whose number we may count the future Pope St. John Paul II.

The late John Deely’s magnificent book Medieval Philosophy Redefined as the Latin Age is being reprinted in paperback. St. Augustine Press is always behind on these things, so the publication date, which used to be this fall, then was pushed to this winter, and now is set for next spring, could get moved again.

Why were the Jesuits, so influential in the 16th-century church, never allowed into the great Italian universities of their day? In what other, unofficial ways did they manage to have an impact on them?

Mark Greif’s book of essays will be released in paperback this fall.

What looks to be one of the more interesting works Etienne Gilson’s has been for the first time translated into English: Theology and the Cartesian Doctrine of Freedom.

The reigns of the 400 and the 30 in Athens after the Peloponnesian War (if I remember rightly) were some of the most brutal and fascinating regimes in classical Greek history. Maybe I’ll reproduce a little narrative I wrote about the rise and fall of the 400 on here; in the mean time, there’s a book being published about them that can’t but be good:  Classical Greek Oligarchy: A Political History.

Ignatius Press is publishing a book against the recognition of a ‘gay’ identity (from the viewpoint of someone who could well claim it), with a foreword by Cardinal Sarah.

Robert Bireley, S.J., the historian of the Society of Jesus during the Counter-Reformation, is reissuing his very interesting and long-out-of-print book, first published in 1990, on Machiavelli’s contemporary Catholic critics.

St. Augustine press is publishing two (actually, more) by Josef Pieper, who to English speakers seems far more prolific in death than he was in life: another book of essays and speeches and his short summary of Catholic belief.

Fr. Stafford Poole, a Vincentian priest and erstwhile opponent of the cause for the sainthood of the now-canonized St. Juan Diego, has sent to the presses a revised edition of his apparently learned book about Our Lady of Guadalupe. I do not know whether it is any good. The reviews of the first edition suggest that America magazine thinks so.

For anyone with the slightest interest in papal politics or medieval church, the I Tatti Library’s latest original book on the Avignon Papacy, by Unn Falkeid, looks promising.

Marc Barnes, the guy who used to post at the Bad Catholic blog at Patheos (maybe he still does; I haven’t seen anything of his in a long while), has written a book: A Bad Catholic’s Essays on What’s Wrong with the World.


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