Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College, where his classes are featured in the college’s Western Civilization Core Curriculum. He is a senior editor of Touchstone magazine and the editor and translator of several epic poems of the West, including Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, and the three volumes of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He wrote Ironies of Faith: Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature in 2007 and has published many scholarly articles and essays, including several on Renaissance literature. A graduate of Princeton and the University of North Carolina, Esolen is proficient in Latin, Italian, Anglo-Saxon, French, German, and Greek. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife Debra and their two children.