Thursday, July 22, 2010

Clifford Strikes Again!

Recall the post about the mysterious Cornelius J. Clifford, S.J., the "American Tyrrell"? Well, he has surfaced again.

In trying to learn about this figure, I had come across reference to a Latin play for which he served as editor while teaching at St. Francis Xavier's in New York as a professor of rhetoric. I hadn't mentioned it in the previous post.

Just a day or two after that posting, I happened upon this book. How uncanny is that! I don't think he published all that much, and this little work is rather rare - it was printed as a guide for the play itself, and constitutes a rare bit of Catholic Americana.

The play is Plautus's "The Two Captives". It was performed in Latin; the book gives the Latin and English on facing pages.

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