Best Anthony M. Esolen books

Purgatory (Modern Library Classics)

Dante

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A new translation by Anthony Esolen
Illustrations by Gustave Doré
 
Written in the fourteenth century by Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy is arguably the greatest epic poem of all time—presenting Dante’s brilliant vision of the three realms of Christian afterlife: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. In this second and perhaps most imaginative part of his masterwork, Dante struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory, still guided by Virgil, in a continuation of his difficult ascent to purity. Anthony Esolen’s acclaimed translation of Inferno, Princeton professor James Richardson said, “follows Dante through all his spectacular range, commanding where he is commanding, wrestling, as he does, with the density and darkness in language and in the soul. It is living writing.” This edition of Purgatory includes an appendix of key sources and extensive endnotes—an invaluable guide for both general readers and students.

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Study Guide

Robert E. Barron

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The Study Guide for CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is the best way to immerse yourself fully into these holy men and women. Whether you use it for personal formation or host a complete Study Program for your parish or group, you ll go deeper with top experts from around the world, including: Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Franciscan priest and preacher to the papal household (St. Francis of Assisi) Dr. Matthew Levering, renowned Catholic theologian and Thomistic scholar (St. Thomas Aquinas) Fr. Paul Murray, O.P., Dominican preacher and spiritual master (St. Catherine of Siena) Fr. Ian Ker, world's leading Newman scholar (Bl. John Henry Newman) Dale Ahlquist, founding president of the American Chesterton Society (G.K. Chesterton) Dr. Anthony Esolen, professor of Renaissance English Literature at Providence College (Michelangelo) The Study Guide commentary was compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron. Each Study Guide lesson provides details about the Pivotal Player s life and contributions to the culture. In addition, you'll find Questions for Understanding" that support the teaching in the video and reference Scripture verses and sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.You'll also find several Questions for Application" in each lesson to help you connect the material to your own life and experience.

Paradise (Modern Library Classics)

Dante

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“If there is any justice in the world of books, [Esolen’s] will be the standard Dante . . . for some time to come.”–Robert Royal, Crisis

In this, the concluding volume of The Divine Comedy, Dante ascends from the devastation of the Inferno and the trials of Purgatory. Led by his beloved Beatrice, he enters Paradise, to profess his faith, hope, and love before the Heavenly court. Completed shortly before his death, Paradise is the volume that perhaps best expresses Dante’s spiritual philosophy about resurrection, redemption, and the nature of divinity. It also affords modern-day readers a clear window into late medieval perceptions about faith. A bilingual text, classic illustrations by Gustave Doré, an appendix that reproduces Dante’s key sources, and other features make this the definitive edition of Dante’s ultimate masterwork.

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Leader Guide

Robert E. Barron

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The Leader s Guide includes a Facilitator s Guide, all 12 lessons from the participant s Study Guide, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding. The Facilitator s Guide explains in detail how to plan, promote, and present the study. You can also register for a free training webinar for all study coordinators and small group facilitators at WordonFire.org. For group study, you can present the program in thirteen 90-minute sessions. The first session is orientation and then there are two sessions for each Pivotal Player. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of Study Guide questions. Each lesson in the Study Guide provides a detailed commentary on Bishop Barron s video and Questions for Understanding based on the video and on references to Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There are also several Questions for Application in each lesson that help you connect the material to your own life and experience. Participants read the commentary in their Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after viewing the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed. The Leader Guide commentary was compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron. If you're planning to lead a Pivotal Players Study Program, you might want to explore the full Leader s Kit, which includes the Leader's Guide on this page, the videos, prayer cards and devotional book.

Inferno (Modern Library Classics)

Dante

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An extraordinary new verse translation of Dante’s masterpiece, by poet, scholar, and lauded translator Anthony Esolen

Of the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse. In the Inferno, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well. With this major new translation, Anthony Esolen has succeeded brilliantly in marrying sense with sound, poetry with meaning, capturing both the poem’s line-by-line vigor and its allegorically and philosophically exacting structure, yielding an Inferno that will be as popular with general readers as with teachers and students. For, as Dante insists, without a trace of sentimentality or intellectual compromise, even Hell is a work of divine art.

Esolen also provides a critical Introduction and endnotes, plus appendices containing Dante’s most important sources—from Virgil to Saint Thomas Aquinas and other Catholic theologians—that deftly illuminate the religious universe the poet inhabited.

Inferno (Modern Library Classics)

Dante

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Translated by Anthony Esolen
Illustrations by Gustave Doré


A groundbreaking bilingual edition of Dante’s masterpiece that includes a substantive Introduction, extensive notes, and appendixes that reproduce Dante’s key sources and influences.

Jerusalem Delivered (Gerusalemme liberata)

Torquato Tasso

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Late in the eleventh century the First Crusade culminated in the conquest of Jerusalem by Christian armies. Five centuries later, when Torquato Tasso began to search for a subject worthy of an epic, Jerusalem was governed by a sultan, Europe was in the crisis of religious division, and the Crusades were a nostalgic memory. Tasso turned to the First Crusade both as a subject that would test his poetic ambition and as a reflection on the quandaries of his own time. He sought to create a masterpiece that would deserve comparison with the great epics of the past.

Gerusalemme liberata became one of the most widely read and cherished books of the Renaissance. First published in 1581, it was translated into English by Edward Fairfax in 1600. That translation has been the standard, even though Fairfax was only a good, not a great, poet. Fairfax tried to fit Tasso's verse into Spenserian stanzas, adding to and subtracting from the original and often changing Tasso's meaning.

Anthony Esolen's new translation captures the delight of Tasso's descriptions, the different voices of its cast of characters, the shadings between glory and tragedy―and it does all this in an English as powerful and clear as Tasso's Italian. Tasso's masterpiece finally emerges as an English masterpiece.

On the Nature of Things: De rerum natura

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Titus Lucretius Carus was probably born in the early first century B.C., and died in the year 55. Little is known of his life, although two tantalizing bits of gossip were passed on by St. Jerome: that he was poisoned by a madness-inducing aphrodisiac given him by his wife, and that his great poem On the Nature of Things was posthumously edited by Cicero. For the latter assertion, writes Anthony Esolen in his introduction to the present volume, there is little evidence, and none whatsoever for the former.

What does survive is a masterful poetic work that stands as the greatest exposition of Epicurean philosophy. Writing in the waning days of the Roman Republic―as Rome's politics grew individualistic and treacherous, its high-life wanton, its piety introspective and morbid―Lucretius sets forth a rational and materialistic view of the world which offers a retreat into a quiet community of wisdom and friendship.

Even to modern readers, the sweep of Lucretius's observations is remarkable. A careful observer of nature, he writes with an innocent curiosity into how things are put together―from the oceans, lands, and stars to a mound of poppy seeds, from the "applause" of a rooster's wings to the human mind and soul. Yet Lucretius is no romantic. Nature is what it is―fascinating,purposeless, beautiful, deadly. Once we understand this, we free ourselves of superstitious fears, becoming as human and as godlike as we can be. The poem, then, is about the universe and how human beings ought to live in it. Epicurean physics and morality converge.

Until now, there has been no adequate English verse translation of Lucretius's work. Anthony Esolen fills that gap with a version that reproduces―with remarkable faithfulness―the meaning, pace, and tone of the original Latin.

Here is a book that will introduce a new generation of readers to a thinker whose powers of observation and depth of insight remain fresh to the present day.

"Esolen has the rare gift of being both a fine poet and a lover of languages. His diction is poetic and natural; he has a fine ear for sound, and the translation benefits greatly from being read aloud―as Latin poetry was meant to be. This translation is clear and forceful. It can, and will, be read."―Kenneth J. Reckford, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Western Civilization and the Academy

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This volume brings together leading thinkers who offer reflections on the place of Western civilization in the academy, at a time when there is indifference or even antipathy toward the study of the West at most institutions of higher learning. Alternative narratives—including multiculturalism, diversity, and sustainability—have come to the fore in the stead of Western civilization. The present volume is designed to explore the roots, extent, and long-term consequences of this educational climate: How and why did undergraduate education turn its back on what was once an important component of its mission? To what extent has such change affected the experience of undergraduates and the ability of colleges to educate citizens of a constitutional republic? What are the likely individual and social outcomes of such a shift in educational priorities? The volume’s theme is, and will continue to be, the subject of national scholarly and media attention.

CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Guia Para Lideres (Spanish Edition)

Bishop Robert Barron

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Esta Guía de Para Líderes está dirigida para el líder del grupo que esté siguiendo el programa de formación de Las Figuras Esenciales. Contiene todo de la Guía de Estudio, y además, una clave de respuestas y una distinta guía para el líder del grupo. Para estudio en grupos, hay trece sesiones de 90 minutos una sesión de orientación y dos sesiones para cada episodio. Cada sesión incluye tiempo para ver el episodio y discutir las preguntas en grupos. Cada lección de la Guía de Estudio provee un amplio comentario acerca de los contenidos teológicos de cada episodio del documental. Además cuenta con preguntas de comprensión y también preguntas de aplicación . Las preguntas de comprensión contienen múltiples referencias a las Sagradas Escrituras y al Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, para enriquecer los contenidos expuestos del documental. Las preguntas de aplicación nos ayudan a reflexionar sobre cómo el mensaje que expone el obispo Barron puede ser vivido en nuestra vida cotidiana. Los comentarios y preguntas de la Guía de Estudio han sido escritos por múltiples autores que son expertos en las Figuras Esenciales, bajo la guía y aprobación del obispo Robert Barron.