Perceptive and charming, this consideration provides insightful new meanings gleaned from classic works of literature. From immortal characterssuch as Don Quixote and Huckleberry Finn to revered writers who include Robert Frost and William Shakespeare, ethical qualities are lauded for their contemporary relevance and importance in today s world. With eloquent prose, the virtuous aspects of popular, fictitious characters are discovered creating an excitement for wholesome traits and a joy of literature. Readers of faith will especially delight in the spiritual affirmations resonating within beloved masterworks from history s great minds."
I. Why Read Old Books?
II. Grace: The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
III. Leisure: Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener
IV. Serendipity: Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler and Machiavelli's The Prince
V. Playfulness: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Orthodoxy, and At the Back of the North Wind
VI. Piety: The Aeneid, 1984, and Brave New World
VII. Moderation: Don Quixote
VIII. Courtesy: The Idea of a University and Introduction to the Devout Life
IX. Humility: The Tales of the Brother Grimm and of Hans Christian Andersen
X. Generosity: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
XI. Simplicity: The Wonder Clock
XII. Hope: Shakespeare's Miracle Plays
XIII. Obedience: The Gospel Account of the Wedding at Cana
XIV. Justice: Macbeth
XV. Gratitude: The Rule of St. Benedict
XVI. Wisdom: Samuel Johnson's Rasselas
XVII. Courage: Huckleberry Finn
XVIII. Penitence: The Canterbury Tales
XIX. Daring: The Merchant of Venice and The Great Divorce
XX. Kindness and the Human Touch: The Short Stories of O. Henry
XXI. Love: The Divine Comedy.
Mitchell Kalpakgian is a writer, a tutor, and a professor of humanities. He is the author of "An American Family Reunion," "The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization," and "Mysteries of Life in Children's Literature." He is a contributor for "Catholic Faith," "Culture Wars "magazine, "Homiletic and Pastoral Review," and the "New Oxford Review." He lives in Warner, New Hampshire."
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