Robert Hugh Benson: Life and Works

Overview

Robert Hugh Benson is a new biography of Edwardian England's most famous priest-novelist. Benson was born into one of the most prominent religious and literary families in England. As the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, his conversion to Catholicism and ordination created a sensation. Benson wrote powerful, imaginative novels and historical novels about the English martyrs. Despite a personal affinity for a simple life and solitude, his books and speaking ability brought him great fame. He spoke to massive ...

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Overview

Robert Hugh Benson is a new biography of Edwardian England's most famous priest-novelist. Benson was born into one of the most prominent religious and literary families in England. As the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, his conversion to Catholicism and ordination created a sensation. Benson wrote powerful, imaginative novels and historical novels about the English martyrs. Despite a personal affinity for a simple life and solitude, his books and speaking ability brought him great fame. He spoke to massive gatherings in both England and America on contemporary topics in addition to religion. Benson succeeded as a writer and literary influence, while also playing a part in converting thousands of Anglicans to the Catholic Church, causing much controversy in his home country.

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Editorial Reviews

Catholic Historical Review
Janet Grayson's account of Benson's life and works is straightforward and objective.
Church History
There is much to recommend in this slim volume...scholars and students will profit from her contribution.
The Catholic Historical Review
Janet Grayson's account of Benson's life and works is straightforward and objective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761811527
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Grayson is Professor of English at Keene State College, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 The Bensons Chapter 5 To Eton and Onward Chapter 6 From Mirfield to the Resurrection Chapter 7 Holy Orders Chapter 8 He Becomes a Roman Catholic Chapter 9 Rome 1904-1904 Chapter 10 At Cambridge Rectory Chapter 11 Cambridge Frost Chapter 12 Family Matters Chapter 13 Have Street House Chapter 14 The Priestly Life Chapter 15 The Artist in Him Chapter 16 Among Priests Chapter 17 Benson Abroad Chapter 18 The Final Chapter Chapter 19 Reputation Chapter 20 Appendices Chapter 21 Bibliography Chapter 22 Index

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