Some biographies of interest from the Touchstone archives:

A Lonely Poet
Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief by Roger Lundin
reviewed by Patrick Henry Reardon

. . . “Hers was to be a quintessentially modern world,” Lundin writes of Dickinson, “one in which inner realities outweighed the whole of the outside world.” But there is a problem here, as I see it, having to do with the meaning of the word “reality.” In classical Realist philosophy, the mind’s inner world truly is larger and more real than the outer world of the senses, by reason of the intellect’s capacity to perceive the universal “forms” of eternal truth. Because free from the vicissitudes and death attendant upon the physical realities known through the senses, these noetic forms were perceived to have more reality than the material world that pointed to them. . . .

Greene’s True Colours
The Life of Graham Greene; Volume III: 1955–1991 by Norman Sherry
reviewed by Franklin Freeman

. . . Greene, to the end of his life, had a powerful desire to believe in the Living God and His Sacrificed Son. Only Greene would put truth so resolutely in the centre of a fable [in Monsignor Quixote], and wrap doubt snugly around great faith. As a fox to the furrier, that’s how Greene approached the Catholic church. . . .

The Heart in Twain
Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age by Harold K. Bush, Jr.
reviewed by Franklin Freeman

. . . Twain was left to maintain a [in Twichell’s words] “flat necessitarianism” and accept the moral implications of that position: that ultimately mankind is not responsible for his sins, so God must be. Still he often suffered utter despair in the face of what he perceived to be his own guilt. . . .