John Henry Newman: A Biography

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This full-length life of John Henry Newman is the first comprehensive biography of both the man and the thinker and writer. It draws extensively on material from Newman's letters and papers. Newman's character is revealed in its complexity and contrasts: the legendary sadness and sensitivity are placed in their proper perspective by being set against his no less striking qualities of exuberance, humour, and toughness.

This book attempts to do justice to the fullness of Newman's...

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Overview


This full-length life of John Henry Newman is the first comprehensive biography of both the man and the thinker and writer. It draws extensively on material from Newman's letters and papers. Newman's character is revealed in its complexity and contrasts: the legendary sadness and sensitivity are placed in their proper perspective by being set against his no less striking qualities of exuberance, humour, and toughness.

This book attempts to do justice to the fullness of Newman's achievement and genius: the Victorian 'prophet' or 'sage', who ranks among the major English prose writers; the dominating religious figure of the nineteenth century, who can now be recognised as the forerunner of the Second Vatican Council and the modern ecumenical movement; and finally, the universal Christian thinker, whose significance transcends his culture and time.

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"As splendid and enthralling a Life as I have had in my hands for many a day...Ker's portraits, not only of Newman and the principal figures of his life, but of many wholly subsidiary characters, spring to life on page after page." --The Times

"Absorbing...gives us the truest portrait of Newman of any we posses." --Sunday Times

"Not only the best 'life' of Newman, but one of the best biographies of any great nineteenth-century writer." --Modern Literary Review

"Monumental...the impact of this book is nothing short of revolutionary...a work of the largest scope and penetration." --The Washington Post

"The reissue of this important biography... will be welcomed, not only by those already deeply engaged with Newman's life and work, but also with that ever increasing number of people in whom recent events and the advancement of the canonisation process have aroused an interest in his real personality... Ian Ker's book, running to some 770 pages, is the modern biography for the modern reader... With Newman's canonisation fully expected by the end of this year the appearance of this book provides an opening into a new stage of a great man's posthumous life. Newman's rich legacy, in so many areas of history, theology, philosophy and culture, let alone spirtuality, continues to benefit us all." --The Irish Catholic

"Throughout, the proseis lucid and engaging, the analysis is thorough and the coverage of the subject is extensive." --Expository Times

"The additional material...makes the biography the most comprehensive and up-to-date study of Newman available. Fr. Ker must be commended for a work which invaluably contributes to an historically true and fundamentally honest understanding of one of the greatest thinkers of our age." -- Catholic Herald

"Ian Ker, truly the world's renowned expert on Newman studies, presents an engaging biography ... [T]his title certainly needs to be in every academic library." --Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199596591
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 848,575
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Ker is Senior Research Fellow at St Benet's Hall, Oxford and has taught both English literature and theology at universites in Britain and the United States. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books on Newman. His The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961 was published in 2003.

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Table of Contents

1. Oxford
2. The Movement
3. The Via Media
4. Doubts
5. Crisis
6. Development
7. From Oxford to Rome
8. Controversy and Satire
9. The Idea of a University
10. The Catholic University of Ireland
11. Oratory and University
12. The Idea and the Laity
13. The Years of Silence
14. Apologia
15. Return to Oxford?
16. The Justification of Religious Belief
17. Papal Infallibility
18. Oxford and Rome Again

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