Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief

by Joseph Pearce
     
 

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The twentieth century has been marked by both belief and unbelief. While church attendance has declined, the lives of many of the more salient figures of our times have been influenced and inspired by Christianity.

Literary Converts is a biographical exploration into the spiritual lives of some of those figures. It takes us on ajourney into the deepest beliefs of

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The twentieth century has been marked by both belief and unbelief. While church attendance has declined, the lives of many of the more salient figures of our times have been influenced and inspired by Christianity.

Literary Converts is a biographical exploration into the spiritual lives of some of those figures. It takes us on ajourney into the deepest beliefs of some of the great writers in the English language -- from G. K. Chesterton to Evelyn Waugh, Edith Sitwell to Siegfried Sassoon.

Many will be intrigued to know more about what inspired their literary heroes; others will find the association of such names with Christian belief controversial. Whatever our viewpoint, Literary Converts touches on some of the more important questions of the twentieth century, making it a fascinating read.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This erudite book vividly contrasts the faith that marked the lives of many of Great Britain's more prominent writers of the 20th century with the unbelief that, the author believes, largely marked their times. Many of the book's "converts" began life as Anglicans and then converted to Roman Catholicism, though some, such as C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot, remained with the Church of England. Pearce is at his best when he situates writers within the frameworks of a changing Church and a changing world. For example, he claims that the Catholic Church's move away from the Latin mass hastened the emotional deterioration that directly preceded Evelyn Waugh's death. Pearce suggests that because of communist attacks on Catholics in Spain, Scottish poet Roy Campbell supported Franco and was somewhat sympathetic to Nazism. In discussing the post-World War II era, Pearce loses some of his focus: too many minor figures, including Ronald Knox and novelist Robert Hugh Benson, crowd the stage and detract from his more compelling descriptions of such deeply influential authors as G.K. Chesterton, Waugh, Eliot and Graham Greene. Despite its flaws, this volume nonetheless will edify and absorb the reader. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898707908
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.33(d)

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