Anthony M. Esolen



Anthony M. Esolen is a professor of English at Thomas More College, and noted translator of classic works, as well as a popular writer for magazines like the Claremont Review and Touchstone, of which he is a senior editor. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. He also writes a column for the Inside Catholic website.

After graduating from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1981, he received his MA in 1983 and then his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of North Carolina. His dissertation was titled "A Rhetoric of Spenserian Irony." He taught at that university from 1985 to 1988 and then at Furman University from 1988 to 1990. He began teaching at Providence C
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“Fairy tales and folk tales are for children and childlike people, not because they are little and inconsequential, but because they are as enormous as life itself.”
Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

“...friendship stands as a small affront to the total control of all things by mass entertainment and mass media and mass education and mass politics. For wherever such friendships persist, there persists the possibility of imaginative leaps that threaten the comfort of the banal. For you look at the friend and you remember the past, and treasure it. You love the friend, and suddenly you understand that this life of ours cannot fully be described by the motion of particulate matter in empty space. You see instantly that politics fades into unimportance, with all its noisy glamour and empty promises. You feel that others before you have known what it is to have the true friend, the one before whom you can, as Cicero put it, think out loud. You feel that, and it is like an earnest of eternity, of being grounded in a a love and beauty and goodness that is at the heart of all ages, and that transcends them all. Pals we may have, in the flatlands of contemporary life. Political allies, sure. Coworkers, aplenty. But not friends.”
Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

“Man is not only that creature that forges tools, that reasons, and that walks upright. Man is the creature that looks up. Man praises.”
Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

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