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Title: JOTTINGS OF A JOTTERER HISTORICAL ESSAYS

Author: Peter Milward

Category: Arts and Literature (Novels, Essays, Critiques)
Number of pages: 136
Size: A5

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Language: English

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Book Summary

Originally entitled “Diary of a Dodderer", as implying an account of day to day events by a doddering old man, “fourscore and upwards" (like Lear), this book has been retitled so as to imply occasional jottings on this and that, in the way that fancy flies, or the “stream of consciousness" made fashionable by James Joyce. Then, to preserve the all-important alliteration, the “dodderer" has been transformed into the newly minted and coined “jotterer". In this book, so far from recording mere day to day events, the author has followed his stream of consciousness into the “dark backward and abysm of time", into the Christian heritage of the Bible and the Classics, with emphasis on William Shakespeare and his “mighty opposite", Francis Bacon, and their impact on the modern world.

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).