Series Editor: Joseph Pearce


About Ignatius Critical Editions

 Because postermodernism can be monstrous (but their tradition was divine)

Editors & Essayists

Ignatius Critical Editions feature the editorial and critical work of a number of great scholarly commentators. You can see a few selections from their work by clicking here.

Below are a few selected to give you a general idea of the breadth of knowledge the series is glad to feature, and that readers of the series will be able to draw upon. A complete list of each book's critical contributors is available on the book's detail page.

R. V. Young

R. V. Young is Professor of English at North Carolina State University. He is co-founder of the John Donne Journal and was co-editor for 25 years. In 2008 he became the editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His bilingual edition of Justus Lipsius' Concerning Constancy is forthcoming from Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies. In addition to scholarly books and articles, he has also contributed to journals such as First Things, National Review, The Weekly Standard, the St. Austin Review, and Touchstone, of which he is a contributing editor.

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Anthony Esolen

Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College. His work includes the Modern Library translations of Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House), Ironies of Faith: The Deep Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature (ISI Books), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery).

Douglas Lane Patey

Douglas Lane Patey is Sophia Smith Professor of English at Smith College, where he teaches courses both in English and the history of science. He has written books on the history of probability, concepts of addiction, and the novels of Evelyn Waugh, as well as articles on John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and the history of divisions between "art" and "science".

Mary Reichardt

Mary Reichardt

Mary Reichardt is Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received a PhD in literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has published eight books, including Catholic Women Writers (Greenwood, 2001), Exploring Catholic Literature (Sheed and Ward / Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), the two-volume Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature (Greenwood, 2004), and Between Human and Divine: The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature (Catholic University of America Press, 2010).

Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontës, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Her three books explore the relationship between Christianity and poststructuralism: Writing Performances (2004); How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (2006); and Changing Signs of Truth (2012).

Regis Martin

Regis Martin is professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where, in addition to courses on Christ and the Church, he teaches such landmarks of literature as the works of Dante, Eliot, and Flannery O'Connor. The author of several books, including The Last Things and The Suffering of Love, he is married and the father of many children.

Michael G. Brennan

Michael G. Brennan has taught Renaissance literature and Shakespeare at the School of English, University of Leeds, since 1984 and is currently Professor of Renaissance Studies there. His most recent books include The Sidneys of Penshurst and the Monarchy, 1500-1700 (Ashgate, 2006) and a study of early modern English travellers on the continent, The Origins of the Grand Tour (The Hakluyt Society, 2004).

Critical Essays In

Gene Fendt

Gene Fendt

Gene Fendt has been teaching philosophy at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, for over twenty years. His publications include Is Hamlet a Christian Drama? An Essay on a Question in Kierkegaard (Marquette University Press) and Love Song for the Life of the Mind: An Essay on the Purpose of Comedy (Catholic University of America Press).

Critical Essays In


Books by Author

by last name, except for Wm. Shakespeare

St. Augustine of Hippo

Charlotte Brontë

Emily Brontë

Stephen Crane

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Herman Melville

John Henry Newman

Mary Shelley

Bram Stoker

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Jonathan Swift

Mark Twain

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About the Series

The Ignatius Critical Editions represent a tradition-oriented alternative to popular textbook series such as the Norton Critical Editions or Oxford World Classics, and are designed to concentrate on traditional readings of the Classics of world literature. While many modern critical editions have succumbed to the fads of modernism and postmodernism, this series will concentrate on tradition-oriented criticism of these great works.

Edited by acclaimed literary biographer Joseph Pearce, the Ignatius Critical Editions will ensure that traditional moral readings of the works are given prominence, instead of the feminist or deconstructionist readings that often proliferate in other series of 'critical editions'. As such, they represent a genuine extension of consumer choice, enabling educators, students, and lovers of good literature to buy editions of classic literary works without having to 'buy into' the ideologies of secular fundamentalism.

The series is ideal for anyone wishing to understand the great works of Western civilization, enabling the modern reader to enjoy these classics in the company of some of the finest literature professors alive today.