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On being wise as serpents

The opening line of a children's poem by Mary Howitt in 1828 is a caution for growing up in a duplicitous world: "'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly."

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Friendship & devotion

A review of "Exiles and Fugitives: The Letters of Jacques and Raissa Maritain, Allen Tate, and Caroline Gordon" (Southern Literary Studies) by Jacques Maritain.

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Evil, be thou my good

Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 with only 39.8 percent of the popular vote and was so loathed that he had to take a night train secretly into Washington for his inauguration.

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A Man of Rebirth

There's a scene from Alessandro Manzoni's novel The Betrothed that captures the splendor of my subject this month.

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