The Pen and the Cross Hardback

Catholicism and English Literature, 1850-2000

by Richard Griffiths;

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The Pen and the Cross

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This is an illuminating study looking at an influential group of Roman Catholic novelists and writers - Chesterton, Belloc, Waugh, Greene, Spark and David Lodge among others. This incisive and perceptive new book concerns 'Catholic Literature' in Britain since 1850. To many people, Roman Catholicism is culturally foreign and 'other'. And yet some of the most outstanding novelists of recent times have been Catholics - often converts. Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, David Lodge, Muriel Spark, Fr Rolfe, Aubrey Beardsley and Ronald Firbank. In every case these authors' Catholicism was integral to their creative genius and they represent an important strand in any account of English literature. Professor Griffiths' account is set against a wide and varied canvas. It is a cultural history and an account of the growth of Catholicism as a cultural, social and political force in Great Britain since Newman. Griffiths is concerned also to relate his story to movements on the continent and examines on his way the impact of French Catholic writers on their British counterparts and the influence of British Catholic writers such as Newman and Faber on Europe.

The Pen and the Cross by Richard Griffiths was published by Continuum in September 2010. The ISBN for The Pen and the Cross is 9780826496973.

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Details for The Pen and the Cross

Page last updated 15th June 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (September 2010)
Number of Pages256
Thickness33 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code2670414
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