Publishing notes

October 27, 2008

Some of us have been waiting for well over a year for David Bentley Hart’s long-delayed next book, which has heretofore borne the title The Christian Revolution.  Today I discover that a new publication date has been set — 21 April 2009 — and the book’s title has been altered to Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies.  Judging from the advance blurbs, the book has been re-focused as a rejoinder to the rash of “new atheism” books that have hit the shelves of late.  A few such rejoinders have already been published, but I expect that Hart’s will best them.  Those anxious for a preview might look to his light-hearted, but penetrating, essay that appeared in First Things a while back: “Daniel Dennett Hunts the Snark”.

While waiting, we could do worse than spend some quality time with Charles Dickens.  I was delighted to see that Duckworth Press will next month publish a further three volumes in their handsome Nonesuch Edition of Dickens’ work.  Two years ago they issued the first six volumes of a projected 24-volume set, with the promise that a further six volumes would appear each year.  Last year passed with nary a peep, and I was worried that perhaps the project had been cancelled, but the promise of these new volumes allays my fear.  The project may be going more slowly than expected, but at least it isn’t dead.  The new volumes will be A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit, and Martin Chuzzlewit.

And if you’re looking for a book that is available today, I note with pleasure that Ignatius Press has, at last, issued a second volume of G.K. Chesterton’s poetry as part of their Collected Works.  It warms my heart.

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