The Director of the British Council in Rome, sketched distractedly in pencil, making charcoal and clay markings, on the foolscap pieces before him, upon the glass-topped table.

     "Literature, as Harold Bloom and The Harry Ransom Center, in Texas well know, is a competition, Dr. Christianus, and to be truthful, the very best there have ever been, are Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Joyce. I would like to know, how you define literary greatness?"

     "I would only bother to write at all, Sir, to number myself among the very best, Director".

                        'Crucifix', Praescriptio, Palm Sunday Morning, The Seven Days of Holy Week, Rome, 2018.

The Western Canon