William Shakespeare: A Man for All Time (The Imaginative Conservative)
William Shakespeare needs no introduction. If you are interested in Catholic letters you have probably come across Joseph Pearce, too; if you haven’t, I cannot recommend his writings highly enough. Seek his articles and books out. He is good, very good. If you can read a few of his works and not be engaged by Pearce, this writer will buy you a beer or glass of wine in recompense.
William Wordsworth, in his sublimely beautiful sonnet to the Virgin Mary, called the Immaculate Mother of God “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” As an Englishman, contemplating the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, I am tempted to say that the Bard of Avon is my tainted nation’s solitary boast.