JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
Title: Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: Used - Like New
Publisher: Penguin Group USA Inc January 1995
0140433740 / 9780140433746
Seller ID: 104067
Certainly one of the most eloquent autobiographical conversion narratives of all time, distinguished even in a Victorian England which produced some of the greatest masters of English prose in history. This Penguin edition includes an extensive introduction and reproduces the correspondence between Newman and Charles Kingsley which led to the writing of the Apologia. 440 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
John Henry Newman (1801-90) described writing this account of his religious development as 'one of the most terrible trials that I have had'. Having inspired and led the Oxford or Tractarian Movement before he abandoned Anglicanism for the Church of Rome, Newman regularly found himself the target of virulent anti-Catholic prejudice in Victorian England. The Apologia was his autobiographical response to a public attack by the novelist Charles Kingsley on his personal integrity. With it he not only convinced a suspicious public of the sincerity of his beliefs, but he also produced a literary masterpiece which has often been compared with St Augustine's Confessions. The Apologia, which ends with a brilliant defence of Catholicism, was a turning-point in English cultural history, successfully challenging the dominant tradition of 'no Popery'. For Newman personally the work was a 'mental child-bearing' as he recounted the dramatic story of a conversion which rocked the Church of England to its foundations and which was to have profound consequences for the Roman Catholic Church.