[gha] A Guide to Morally Harmonic Fiction

  • From: Michael Greaney <mgreaney@xxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:13:27 -0500


*Insightful New Book on the Fiction of Benson, Newman, and Wiseman*

/Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A., November 18, 2013/. Universal Values Media, Inc., a specialist in republishing “long lost” novels with a moral orientation, is pleased to announce the release of a completely new work of non-fiction, /So Much Generosity: An Appreciation of the Fiction of Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman, John Henry Cardinal Newman, and Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson/.

This collection of biographical sketches and essays by Mr. Michael D. Greaney, Director of Research at the interfaith, all-volunteer think tank, the Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A., introduces the fiction of these writers, better known for their non-fiction, to a new generation of readers./So Much Generosity/ makes it clear that they wrote for everyone, not just for Catholics, or even Christians.

The late Dr. Ralph McInerny, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame du Lac and noted author of the “Father Dowling” mysteries, once commented that some “Catholic” novels are so good, they’re bad.He meant that the heroes are so virtuous that no one could believe them.Worse, the novels try so hard to be “Catholic” that they fail to be catholic, that is, universal, or even any sort of realistic commentary on the human condition.

Worst of all may be the novels that try to imitate the authors profiled in /So Much Generosity/ — and fail.Part of this is due to the fact that many people misunderstand not only why these writers wrote, but what they wrote.Benson’s wonderfully barbed satire, for example, endeared him to Evelyn Waugh (/Brideshead Revisited/), yet has often been characterized as “prophecy.”

What may be most remarkable aside from the outstanding quality of their writing is the fact that the authors whose novels are examined in /So Much Generosity/ worked within a milieu that was to some extent hostile, and in many ways alien to them.Their commercial success as well as the excellence of their fiction illustrates the universal appeal of the principles they articulated.

/So Much Generosity/ provides an excellent and entertaining study guide to help readers appreciate authors with whom they might not be familiar, and presents insightful analyses and facts that shed new light on a long-neglected body of work.

/So Much Generosity/ is available on-line at Amazon <http://www.amazon.com/So-Much-Generosity-Michael-Greaney/dp/1602100020/ref=sr_1_28?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384774090&sr=1-28> (U.S.) and Amazon <http://www.amazon.co.uk/So-Much-Generosity-Michael-Greaney/dp/1602100020/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1384783915&sr=8-4&keywords=So+Much+Generosity> (U.K.), and by special order from many regular bookstores, and will soon be available from Barnes and Noble.$20.00, 268 pp., ISBN 978-1-60210-002-2.Quantity discounts available on request through the publisher’s distributor.


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