Wayfaring : Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-28
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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A superb Stylist with incisive Insight, Alan Jacobs is especially fond of the essay as a writing form, and in this volume he offers eighteen beautifully written pieces reflecting on the Christian journey. Through these wayfaring essays both serious and comic, eloquent and intriguing - including one piece in the form of a wickedly witty poem - Jacobs muses on the usefulness and dangers of blogging, the art of dictionary making, the world of Harry Potter, the life of trees, and much more. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Alan Jacobs is the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College, Illinois. His other books include Original Sin: A Cultural History and The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Worlds of Reading
Sentencesp. 3
A Commonplace Bookp. 7
Robert Alter's Fidelityp. 12
A Religion for Atheistsp. 23
Bran Flakes and Harmless Drudgesp. 27
On the Recent Publication of Kahlil Gibran's Collected Worksp. 40
The Poet's Prosep. 47
The Brightest Heaven of Inventionp. 55
Opportunity Costsp. 61
The Youngest Brother's Talep. 71
Signs and Wonders
Reading the Signsp. 83
The Secret Gardenp. 90
The Life of Treesp. 100
Gardening and Governingp. 112
Blessed Are the Green of Heartp. 119
The End of Friendshipp. 128
Do-It-Yourself Traditionp. 137
Choose Lifep. 148
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