One of the best books I ve ever read It has the best only literary depiction of myself I ve come across Not Elsmere but Edward Langham.The philosopher in the book, Gray, is based on T.H Green. Mrs Ward does here a remarkable work in representing the various elements of nineteenth century belief and doubt as they effect the personal life of the hero, Robert Elsmere, and especially his marriage with Catherine It is an attack on orthodox Christianity and a sort of glorification of the heresy of modernism Every great religion is, in truth, a concentration of great ideas, capable, as all ideas are, of infinite expansion and adaptation states Robert Elsmere Religion must change because the world is changed What seemed to be a loss, will, in the end, only be a gain.If you are interested in the religious turmoil of the 19th century this is certainly a must read But I suggest you to read also William Gladstone s long critique of the novel Gladstone, many times prime minister of Britain and a devout Anglican of the high church, argues that Christian morality is inseparable from Christian belief The latter is truly the foundation of the former, and once you get rid of Christian belief, Christian morality is destined to collapse. 1888 novel about a clergyman s doubts Robert is a boyishly likeable people person with an intellectual side The beginning section is about Robert trying to get married to Catherine, an ascetically beautiful oldest sister who s a little too rigidly good for anyone s peace of mind The battle Robert and Catherine s family have is to persuade Catherine she doesn t need to sacrifice herself to look after her family Catherine s younger sister Rose is musical and rebellious and really quite anxious to get Catherine out the door Ward is quite good at presenting both sisters sympathetically Once Robert and Catherine are married the novel is much solidly focused on clerical stuff, with occasional breaks to follow Rose Rose almost gets engaged to a friend of Robert s, a depressed atheist with issues, but in the end he decides he has too many issues It s not that I thought he would be much of an asset to Rose but I was aggrieved by his refusal to grow and change Robert gets to know the local Squire, who has written controversial intellectual books, and starts writing his own book about religious history This book gives a lot of weight to intellectual shifts as a force, and a lot, or all, of the shifts represented are very 1888 It s a book very rooted in its time, that wants to speak to 1888 people And it did It was, allegedly, the best selling novel of the nineteenth century But you re not going to want to read it if you don t have even a cursory interest in late Victorian stances on religion After agonising over the bible s authenticity as an historical document Robert decides that he still believes in God and is a big fan of Jesus of Nazareth but doesn t believe he was the Son of God or came back to life His wife finds it very hard to adjust to this But it s still a beautiful story approach but does her best Robert leaves the Church and eventually sets up his own little cult thing I think I found this the least satisfactory part of the novel it s sugary and hasty It s an optimistic looking forward to a reassuring compromise that we know now didn t quite work out It s a very earnest, thorough novel in that Victorian way I would imagine the gentle middlebrow tone helped to make the message that traditional Christianity had had it convincing. Mrs Humphrey Ward, she would never have appreciated being listed as Mary Augusta, was one of the most popular and important novelists of her day Robert Elsmere would probably would have been listed as the most important novel for at least ten years after publication 1888 She was extremely popular in America, and was the first author to secure internation writes of her works She is largely forgotten now as she was one the wrong side of the early woman s rights movement She was against it, although all her writing confirms this even the biographer seems unable to deal with it, intimating that she probably held a private view contrary to her public one Nonsense It was, I admit a very odd stand for a very modern woman Her husband was worthless and she supported his wealthy lifestyle completely one her own She was a courageous, brilliant woman Her point about womens sufferage was that since women did not have the vote that when issues that they felt deeply about occured that the men in thier lives would be compeled to vote as thier wives wished That once women had the vote, the men could do as they wished and women would never take as much interst in politics as men so would always be in the minority, thus by having the right to vote they would in some ways decrease their power She thought that from weakness thus came strength, and from the strength of the vote, thus weakness.However this book does not deal with those issues, it does deal mainly with a theological split that was occuring with the Anglican Church at that time, and one might do well to peruse a brief history of that struggle before attemptimg this book.Yes the book is long and at times tedious, but no so than say a P.D James modern book It is full of complete characters and a compelling story. Popular E Book, Robert Elsmere Author Mrs Humphry Ward This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Robert Elsmere, Essay By Mrs Humphry Ward Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You It was amazing to be reading a popular 1888 novel on an iphone The author knew RH Charles, a man my husband is researching, and thus he found this book We were both enjoying reading it at first I gave it up about 60 % through at a point when the spiritual crisis occurred. I had never heard of this author two weeks ago, but HG Wells mentioned her in a novel of his I read recently This is an extremely well written novel set amidst the religious turmoil on late nineteenth century England I intend to look for some of her books Pam, you once said you read The first sentence to gauge if you were interested, or not Well, this is The second second sentence The spring had been unusually cold and late, and it was evident from the general aspect of the lonely Westland valley of Long Whindale that warmth and sunshine had only just penetrated to its bare, green recesses, where the few scattered trees were fast rushing into their full summer dress, while at their feet, and along the bank of the stream, the flowers of March and April still lingered, as though they found it impossible to believe that their rough brother, the east wind, had at last deserted them. A tale of the conflict between faith and knowledge, this novel is in some respect an extended study of the changes to the theological and intellectual life of Victorian Britain Accordingly, it can be highly recommended to historians of the period as useful background reading As a story, it is perhaps over long and the ending feels rushed, but the sensitivity with it addresses the emotional struggle within and between the characters is affecting and convincing. Amazing What an under appreciated book, which I only came upon reading that interview between Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain The beautiful, and always captivating story not only about the central character but the main turns in the lives of those around him I m always pleasantly surprised when a book from another age draws me in like this such sympathetic and philosophical prose. I really enjoyed the story, but I think that the book is way too long There is a lot of really flowery description of landscapes, homes, people s clothes, etc that really drag the story out without much purpose.
Mary Augusta Ward CBE nee Arnold was a British novelist who wrote under her married name as Mrs Humphry Ward Mary Augusta Arnold was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, into a prominent intellectual family of writers and educationalists Mary was the daughter of Tom Arnold, a professor of literature, and Julia Sorrell Her uncle was the poet Matthew Arnold and her grandfather Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School Her sister Julia married Leonard Huxley, the son of Thomas Huxley, and their sons were Julian and Aldous Huxley The Arnolds and the Huxleys were an important influence on British intellectual life.Mary s father Tom Arnold was appointed inspector of schools in Van Diemen s Land now Tasmania and commenced his role on 15 January 1850 Tom Arnold was received into the Roman Catholic Church on 12 January 1856, which made him so unpopular in his job and with his wife that he resigned and left for England with his family in July 1856 Mary Arnold had her fifth birthday the month before they left, and had no further connection with Tasmania Tom Arnold was ratified as chair of English literature at the contemplated Catholic university, Dublin, after some delay Mary Augusta Ward died in London, England, and was interred at Aldbury in Hertfordshire, near her beloved country home Stocks.
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