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Publications Available Online

“The Liberal Paradox: Why Lionel Trilling’s 1950 classic remains essential reading in 2009.” The Weekly Standard 14.46 (August 31, 2009): 34-5. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/016/857foypf.asp.

“Dr. Franklin’s Remedy.” Review essay of Alan Houston’s Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement. The Weekly Standard 14.31 (May 4, 2009): 40-1. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/016/438qiepq.asp.

“Alive in the Mind.” Review essay of The Letters of George Santayana (8 volumes). The Weekly Standard 14.28 (April 6, 2009): 36-8. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/016/327bmelm.asp.

“Defending the Humanities.” The Good Society 17.2 (2008): 76-80. [published 2009]. Available online at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/good_society/v017/17.2.seaton.html.

“A Stirring Defense of the Conversation.” Review-essay of Anthony Kronman’s Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life. The University Bookman. Posted June 23, 2008. Available online at http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/bookman/article/a-stirring-defense/.

“His Master’s Voice: Edmund Wilson in the Library of America.” Review-essay of Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and 40s by Edmund Wilson, ed. Lewis Dabney. The Weekly Standard 13.36 (June 2, 2008): 35-7. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/015/130kxaam.asp.

“The Word is Out: The Textbook that Teaches Life is a Text.” The Weekly Standard 13.23 (February 25, 2008):45-6. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/014/748ytlqa.asp.

“Lyric Poetry, the Novel, and Revolution: Milan Kundera’s Life is Elsewhere.” Humanitas. XX, 1-2 (2007): 86-95. [published 2008]. Available online at http://www.nhumanities.org/seaton20-1.pdf.

“Romantic at Heart: Bloom’s critique of unreason, and what it owes to Santayana.” The Weekly Standard 13.14 (December 17, 2007): 42-5. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/014/452jkvcp.asp.

“Woman of Letters.” Review-essay of The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather, ed. Marilee Lindemann. The Weekly Standard 13.1 (September 17, 2007): 38-41. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/014/070hhytw.asp.

“Prudential Conservatism?” Review-essay of Jeffrey Hart’s The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times. The University Bookman 45:2 (Spring 2007): 10-16. Available online at http://www.kirkcenter.org/index.php/bookman/article/prudential-conservatism.

“Mother Tongue.” Review-essay of Seth Lerer’s Inventing English. The Weekly Standard 12.28 (April 2, 2007): 38-40. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/013/446muwow.asp.

“Joseph Conrad’s Moral Imagination.” Review-essay of George Panichas’s Joseph Conrad: His Moral Vision. Humanitas XIX, 1-2 (2006): 65-70. Available online at http://www.nhinet.org/seaton19-1.pdf.

“The Appiahn Way: How to Do the Right Thing in the 21st century.” Review-essay of Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. The Weekly Standard 12.3 (October 9, 2006): 38-9. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Protected/Articles/000/000/012/758piftw.asp.

“Natural Selection.” Review-essay of Larry Arnhart’s Darwinian Conservatism. The Weekly Standard. 11.32 (May 8, 2006): 41-3. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/157vbnww.asp.

“America’s Critic: Edmund Wilson, Mandarin in Chief.” Review-essay of Lewis M. Dabney’s Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature. The Weekly Standard 11.14 (December 19, 2005): 33-6. Available online at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/468krqrl.asp.

“The Enduring Mencken.” Review-essay of Terry Teachout’s The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken. Modern Age. 46.4 (2004):352-6. Available online at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0354/is_4_46/ai_n8589927/pg_1.

“Irving Babbitt and Cultural Renewal.” Humanitas. XVI.1 (2003): 4-14. Available online at http://www.nhinet.org/seaton16-1.pdf.

“Santayana Today.” The Hudson Review. 52.3 (Autumn, 1999): 420-6. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/3853446?&Search=yes&term=james&term=seaton%2C&list=hide&SearchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dseaton%252C%2Bjames%26wc%3Don%26dc%3DAll%2BDisciplines&item=7&ttl=3593&returnArticleService=showArticle.

Exploring the Midwestern Literary Imagination: Essays in Honor of David D. Anderson

The Hudson Review


Journal of the History of Ideas

The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics

Politics and the Muse: Studies in the Politics of Recent American Literature

Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man

Rejuvenating the Humanities

The Review of Metaphysics

The University Bookman

The Weekly Standard

Yale Journal of Law & Humanities

Websites of Interest


The Santayana Edition

A George Santayana Home Page

Library of George Santayana

Ghostly Messenger


Willa Cather Foundation Website

Willa Cather Page

The Ladder: A Henry James Website

The Henry James Scholar’s Guide to Websites

The Big Web-Site about Milan Kundera


Irving Babbitt Project

The H. L. Mencken Page

The Mencken Society Home Page

Writings of Paul Elmer More

Edmund Wilson