A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life by Frederick Busch

By Frederick Busch

With prepared ruminations that remember the critics of yore--Edmund Wilson, Lionel Trilling, and Irving Howe--Busch, during this period of ethical indirection, calls on his enduring love of significant books to bare how the literature of the previous is the most important to the longer term.

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However, there is also another reason. As a result of Buffler’s dealings with Fagius over the printing press, the latter found himself owing a thousand écus to Buffler, a sum which he could not pay off. 47 Despite his profligacy, Fagius is presented in the rest of the account as first and foremost a devoted pastor. , fol. : ‘Quamobrem Argentoratum vrbem florentissimam in qua literarum et religionis studia prae caeteris tum vigebant, delegit. Iuuenes delectos ex singulis oppidis ad quos beneficium suum pertinere volebat, Argentoratum mittit, qui liberalitate ipsius tam diu aluntur, quoad cum vtilitate atque honore in patriam reuocantur.

LUTHER: INSTRUMENT OF GOD OR SATAN’S BROOD 7 concept of religious biography, as it causes him to break with the portrait method and to elaborate a distinct concept of a saint as one who is the instrument of God in his design to reform the church at certain periods in history. Although, as we have seen, Luther’s biographer never denied that the purely human life of a providential reformer can have exemplary value, this in his view should be a suitable subject for an autobiography and not a biography.

42 Nikolaus Selnecker, Historica oratio vom Leben und Wandel des Ehrwirdigen Herrn und thewren Mannes Gottes D. Martini Lutheri. : Flacius-Verlag, 1992) (hereafter: Selnecker, Historica oratio (1576)), fol. : ‘Quamuis enim alii in eodem argumento sudarint magna cum laude et extent inter caetera Sleidani de Luthero labor latinus ac D. 43 The Formula of Concord, the first official document of Lutheran Unity, was founded on the Augsburg Confession which constituted its centrepiece. Selnecker was officially a Philippist during his years as court preacher in Dresden, albeit in some disagreement about doctrinal issues with his Crypto-Calvinist colleagues.

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