Jon M. Sweeney is the editor in chief of Paraclete Poetry and author of many books, including Inventing Hell and The Pope Who Quit.
Complete Poems, 1904–1962
E. E. Cummings and James Laughlin didn’t write with metaphysical or philosophical ambition. But that doesn’t mean their poetry doesn’t matter.
Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
Austen Ivereigh's book on Francis has caused some controversy. It's also the most important biography of Jorge Mario Bergoglio yet published.
Updike's religious explorations are what make his writing so interesting, and Adam Begley explores them well. But he devotes too much space to trying to link fictional settings and characters with Updike's real life.
The Collected Stories
To read John Updike is to remember just how upper-middle-class and masculine his fictional universe is.
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