Jones, Thomas O. Books

Dr. Thomas O. Jones was born in 1946, less than a year after his father spent three heroic years as a U.S. Soldier. Dr. Jones graduated from George Washington University, majoring in English Literature. He earned his Master’s Degree in Teaching Remedial English on the College Level from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Influence of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1494) on Elizabethan Literature: Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare (two Book Set)
2013 0-7734-4549-8
These two volumes are the first extensive study of the influence of Marsilio Ficino on major English poets. Ficino lived in Florence, Italy from 1433 to 1499. He introduced Plato to the Renaissance by his translations of the philosopher’s complete works with detailed commentary. He wrote important works on astrology, a multi-volume work on Platonic Theology, and hundreds of brilliant public letters on a variety of subjects. This fascinating study initiates Professor Jones’ comprehensive multi-volume investigation of the influence of the Florentine scholar and priest, Marsilio Ficino on important English poets. Ficino was a translator who brought all of Plato’s writings to the attention of the Renaissance, an astrologer, and the founder of Renaissance magical philosophy.

Renaissance Magic and Hermeticism in the Shakespeare SonnetsLike Prayers Divine
1995 0-7734-9027-2
This study shows how the magical language and occult methods of the Italian Renaissance are the key to understanding the mysteries of the Shakespeare sonnets, both as a cycle and as individual poems. It explores how the influence of Giordano Bruno's Heroic Enthusiasms, Plato's Symposium, Trismegistus' Corpus Hermiticum, emblem books, and Italian "magic" in its various overlapping forms provided the foundation and content of Shakespeare's sonnets. It provides convincing evidence that Bruno's code, so carefully explained in his commentaries, was commonly imitated in the London of Shakespeare's time. Contains a concise history of the 200-year detective search to locate historical persons to match the unnamed beloveds of Shakespeare's sonnets.