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.
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.
1995 0-7734-9027-2 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.