Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Boswell, Rolfe. Nostradamus Speaks. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1941, 381 p.

Offers a detailed interpretation of Nostradamus's socalled Luminary Epistle to Henry II (including remarks about Napoleon, Napoleon III, Adolf Hitler, and the coming of the Antichrist) and the Centuries.

Hogue, John. Nostradamus: The New Revelations. Lower Lake, Cal.: Element Books, 1994, 256 p.

Traces Nostradamus's prophetic lineage and then interprets the prophecies and their alleged fulfillment from the French Revolution to the modern era. By Hogue's interpretations, Nostradamus foresaw the AIDS epidemic, ecological concerns, and the spiritual directionlessness characteristic of the millennium's approach.

Laver, James. "The Predictions of Nostradamus." The Spectator 164, No. 5843 (21 June 1940): 833.

Short summary of Nostradamus's signal predictions, especially in regard to modern history. Laver writes that "there remain enough quatrains to convince any unprejudiced reader that the sixteenth-century Jew had some power of seeing into the future, and to those who cling to a rationalistic interpretation of history, Nostradamus must remain an enigma as insoluble as he is disquieting."

Paulson, Michael G. "Nostradamus Saw It First." The USF Language Quarterly XXIII, Nos. 3-4 (Spring-Summer 1985): 23-6.

Examines several of Nostradamus's more well-known prophecies. Paulson concludes that because commmentators have cited the accuracy rate of the prophecies as anywhere between five and fifty percent, Nostradamus should give pause to those who question his bona fides. "Five or fifty percent accurate, how can we explain this in our modern, scientific age?" he writes. "Did Nostradamus resort to trickery and ruse or did he see it all? It is up to each individual to decide the answer for himself."

Robb, Stewart. Prophecies of World Events by Nostradamus. New York: Liveright Publishing, 1961, 144 p.

Discourse upon Nostradamus's major prophecies by a sympathetic author whose stated purpose "is to prove that prophecy is a scientific fact."

Ward, Charles A. Oracles of Nostradamus. New York: Modern Library, 1940, 366 p.

Originally published in 1891. This is an orderly explication of Nostradamus's prophecies up to the time of Napoleon III. Ward includes a useful "Life of Nostradamus" and reprints the seer's prefatory epistles to his son and to Henry II.