The Book of Common Prayer

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This exquisite Deluxe Edition of the Anglican prayer book and literary masterpiece commemorates the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition intimately familiar to our most enduring writers (Austen, Swift, the Brontës). It features a new introduction by The New Yorker’s book critic, James Wood, discussing how it has influenced the English language and literature.
As essential to the canon as the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare, The Book of Common Prayer has been in daily use for...

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The Book of Common Prayer: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Overview

This exquisite Deluxe Edition of the Anglican prayer book and literary masterpiece commemorates the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition intimately familiar to our most enduring writers (Austen, Swift, the Brontës). It features a new introduction by The New Yorker’s book critic, James Wood, discussing how it has influenced the English language and literature.
As essential to the canon as the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare, The Book of Common Prayer has been in daily use for centuries. Originally produced for the Church of England in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, who was burned at the stake upon the accession to the throne of the ardently Catholic Queen Mary, it contains the entire liturgy as first presented in English—as well as some of the oldest phrases to be used by modern English speakers. Here are the daily prayers, scripture readings, psalm recitals, and the services marking such religious milestones as baptism, confirmation, and marriage (“to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, to till death do us part”), all from the 1662 edition, whose words live on to this day sin figures of speech, ceremonial vows and benedictions, and in the work of some of the greatest writers in English literature.

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“One of the great, abiding works of English literature . . . The acute poetry, balanced sonorities, heavy order, and direct intimacy of its prose have achieved permanence, and many of its phrases and sentences are as famous as lines from Shakespeare or the King James Bible.” —James Wood, from the Introduction
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143106562
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 227,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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James Wood is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a visiting lecturer at Harvard, and the author of the national bestseller How Fiction Works and the novel The Book Against God. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    1662 edition

    If you want the complete authentic 1662 book of common prayer this is not it. It notes deletions and replacements in the service. The first clue is the prayer for queen elizabeth, prince phillip and prince charles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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