Series Editor: Joseph Pearce


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Ignatius Critical Editions give you and your students the tools to dig into classic works. How?

Ignatius Critical Editions have a number of academic benefits. Besides the great works of literature themselves, the notes and commentary provide compelling and clear-headed criticism that's faithful to the text and frames the conversation in terms of the classic Judeo-Christian ethic. So there are a number of ways to integrate ICE volumes into your curriculum.

A Few Suggestions

English Literature – No surprise here. But what about coordinating with other subjects studied so that your students' literary studies help integrate their thought on other subjects?

Religion & Morality – Many titles directly deal with religion, and nearly all are in conversation with religious questions that are pertinent yesterday and today. They serve as good introductions to topics such as matters of conscience (The Picture of Dorian Gray), fallen man and redemption (Wuthering Heights), public sin (The Scarlet Letter), and many more.

History – These great books put readers in the middle of some of the greatest struggles of history, and put them in contact with ideas and ways of life they may not otherwise have access to. Some books are great at capturing the spirit of the times (Gulliver's Travels, Romantic Poets), some are superb at showing the everyday cares and habits of the age (Pride and Prejudice, and coming soon: The Canterbury Tales), and some even helped shape history itself (Uncle Tom's Cabin).

Philosophy – Often at odds, but always in conversation, the competing claims of philosophy and literature are constantly showing up in great books. Whether it's a question of the nature and duties of man (Frankenstein, King Lear, Hamlet) or a question of how one encounters reality (Romantic Poets) or even just plain satire (Gulliver's Travels), these works have a lot to say, and a lot can be said about them.


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

Coming Soon

by release date, then as above

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Everyday Benefits

What makes each Ignatius Critical Editions title a resource for teachers? Besides the above, here are a few practical, everyday things that will make teaching a fuller and more manageable experience.

Why Traditional Criticism?

Tradition is the extension of Democracy through time; it is the proxy of the dead and the enfranchisement of the unborn.

Tradition may be defined as the extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

G. K. Chesterton
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