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Benjamin Ivry has written biographies of Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel and Arthur Rimbaud and has translated many books from French.

Arts & CultureBooks
Benjamin Ivry
Gustave Flaubert's prose reflects a lifetime of grappling with religious and spiritual themes. He saw his Catholicism as a singular form of asceticism, allied to his vocation as a writer.
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Benjamin Ivry
Patrick Collins gives a close read of Thomas Merton’s correspondence in “A Focus on Truth: Thomas Merton's Uncensored Mind.”
Arts & CultureMusic
Benjamin Ivry
“O Come, All Ye Faithful” is a song almost everyone knows. But where did it come from, and why is it so popular?
FaithFaith in Focus
Benjamin Ivry
“Please have no leniency on me,” Sister Rice once said at trial. ”To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest honor you could give me.”
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Benjamin Ivry
‘Lifeblood of the Parish’ is an ethnographic look at Italian-American communal rituals in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Benjamin Ivry
A prominent figure in United Nations efforts to help women in Africa escape poverty, Margaret Snyder was inspired by her parents and by Catholic mentors from her hometown.
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Benjamin Ivry
A new book of essays on the Catholic Church in China ably captures the evolving turmoil the church faces in a complicated situation.
1940s choir boys (ClassicStock/Alamy)
Arts & CultureMusic
Benjamin Ivry
“It might be a good thing to discard this piece whose popularity is becoming unhealthy,” one early critic wrote.
Memorial of Ludwig van Beethoven in Vienna (photo: iStock)
Arts & CultureMusic
Benjamin Ivry
For a solution, it is best to experience how Beethoven’s works sound.
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Benjamin Ivry
In his new book, Christopher Steck recommends a relationship of kinship to animals rather than one of dominion or stewardship.