Chaucer's Nuns: And Other Essays

Chaucer's Nuns: And Other Essays

Chaucer's Nuns: And Other Essays

Chaucer's Nuns: And Other Essays

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In the essays that Sister Mary Madeleva has here brought together, the fortunate finality of her discussion of Chaucer's nuns is so striking, that only by an effort can one resist devoting oneself exclusively to that essay. Yet Sister Madeleva has flashed her insight and her humor with equally remarkable results into other subjects. Edna St. Vincent Millay is here too; the disciplines of monastic living are given graciously up to the light, and also the waywardness of the familiar essay; and in the special field of nineteenth century literature more than one spirit is tracked to its origin, at least one form is followed to its source. Patmore and Francis Thompson and Chesterton, Gerard Hopkins, the Rossettis, and Alice Meynell are the personalities through which the currents are defined.

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