William H. Nolte

William H. Nolte is an emeritus professor of English at the University of South Carolina.

Latest by William H. Nolte in Chronicles

  • Things as They Are
    April 1992

    Things as They Are

    Frank Kermode began his excellent review of this fat and feisty volume with a statement that is at once factual and wildly misleading: "Sir Victor Pritchett is a Victorian." To be sure, Pritchett was born in 1900, when the Good Queen still sat on the throne and the sun never set on the empire, a time so distant that it seems almost fabulous.

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  • June 1991

    Critics at Work

    Just what is "Neoconservative Criticism"? What gives it any particular essence or distinguishes it from other brands being bartered in bookstores and newsstands throughout the Republic?

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  • Battling the Gorgon
    January 1991

    Battling the Gorgon

    In this little "Memoir of Madness," first delivered in abbreviated form at a symposium on affective disorders sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and then greatly expanded for publication in Vanity Fair, William Styron recounts, and attempts to account for, his descent into a mental depression that led him to the brink of suicide.

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  • The Wonder of Academe
    December 1990

    The Wonder of Academe

    While being interviewed on William Buckley's Firing Line, Harry Ashmore remarked that he had allowed the subject of his Unseasonable Truths: The Life of Robert Maynard Hutchins to tell the story of his life and work through the numerous quotations that fill the pages of the book. Ashmore is too modest.

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  • May 1990

    The Symbolic Interpreter

    Nearly thirty years after his death in 1962, Robinson Jeffers occupies a secure niche in the pantheon of American poets. I suspect, indeed, that his place may well be the most secure of all.

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