Well Made Historical Novels of Charles A. Brady, 1912-1995
|Lovering, Joseph P.
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This book covers the wide scope of Charles A. Brady’s talent, from his early poetry, through his fiction, journalism, and criticism. The author’s extensive reading in English and American literature allows him to comment on the extraordinary range of Brady’s reviews, critical essays, lectures, and interviews. The book provides a valuable introduction to the work of Charles Brady and engages the reader with its own critical judgments.
Dr. Brady wrote four novels, all with strong historical foundation, ranging from the England of Henry VIII and Thomas More; the voyages of Leif Erickson in America; the last phase of the life of Rene Chateaubriand, French ambassador to the Vatican of Pope Leo XII, as well as a novel depicting life in Buffalo in the post-WW II era.
His critical interest in the interplanetary trilogy of C.S. Lewis brought him significant praise from Lewis himself. Dr. Brady wrote two essays on these novels, which caused Lewis to write to Dr. Brady indicating that he had not received such understanding of his work before. Lewis invited Dr. Brady to come to England and share the hospitality of the ‘Inklings.’ Dr. Brady’s critical interests ranged quite widely both in English literature as well as other countries.
“ ... this book is valuable in many ways. It teaches us about a great man and his work. It adds to the history of the Niagara Frontier. It adds to our stock of intelligent and thorough thinking. And it can act as a catalyst, challenging us to take ideas and go further with them, and perhaps, depending on our own beliefs and expertise, beyond them, too. The book is also evidence of the work of Dr. Lovering – evidence of the sensitivity and intelligence he brought to his other scholarly writing, and to his many years teaching English ...” – (from the Foreword) Professor Melvin W. Schroeder, Canisius College
“This book, which might be best characterized as a literary life, covers the wide scope of Dr. Charles Brady’s talent, from his early poetry, through his fiction, journalism, and criticism. The author’s extensive reading in English and American literature allows him to comment on the extraordinary range of Dr. Brady’s reviews, critical essays, lectures, and interviews. Written with admirable clarity, the book provides a valuable introduction to the work of Charles Brady and engages the reader with its own critical judgments ...” – Professor Jack D’Amico, Canisius College
“This book strikes me as a deeply engaging exploration of a fascinating and important figure – it’s erudite and perceptive in its criticism, balanced in its judgments, gracefully written, witty and lively – worthy of its subject in every way. I came away from the book with a greater appreciation for Dr. Brady but also having learned a great deal about literature and the life of American letters in the twentieth century ... This book is a model of what criticism ought to be – wide-ranging, generous, deeply humane, balanced, even wise ...” – Professor Mick Cochrane, Canisius College
Table of Contents
Foreword by Melvin W. Schroeder
1. Brady’s Early Poems
2. Brady’s Four Full-Length Novels
3. The Development of Charles A. Brady as Literary Critic
4. Four of Dr. Brady’s Public Lectures to Academic Audiences
5. Four Novelists Whom Brady Considered to be Upholders of the “Essential” Tradition in the English Novel
6. Brady Writes a History of Canisius College to Honor its Centennial Year
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