John Henry Newman: A Portrait in Letters

ISBN : 9780198779285

Roderick Strange
608 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2019
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John Henry Newman was one of the most eminent of Victorians and an intellectual pioneer for an age of doubt and unsettlement. His teaching transformed the Victorian Church of England, yet many still want to know more of Newman's personal life. Newman's printed correspondence runs to 32 volumes, and John Henry Newman: A Portrait in Letters offers a way through the maze. Roderick Strange has chosen letters that illustrate not only the well-known aspects of Newman's personality, but also those in which elements that may be less familiar are on display. There are letters to family and friends, and also terse letters laced with anger and sarcasm. The portrait has not been airbrushed. This selection of letters presents a rounded picture, one in which readers will meet Newman as he really was and enjoy the pleasure of his company. As Newman himself noted, 'the true life of a man is in his letters'.


A Chronology of John Henry Newman
1 Early Years (1801-33)
2 The Oxford Movement (1833-39)
3 Under Siege (1839-43)
4 From Oxford to Rome (1843-46)
5 Early Catholic Years (1846-51)
6 The Pressure of Crises (1852-58)
7 Dark Days (1859-63)
8 The Apologia and the Oxford Mission (1863-65)
9 Answering Pusey and Anticipating the Vatican Council (1865-69)
10 Vatican I and Answering Gladstone (1870-76)
11 Honorary Fellow of Trinity and Cardinal (1876-81)
12 Final Year (1881-90)
Index of Correspondents

About the author: 

Roderick Strange was rector of the Pontifical Beda College, Rome, from 1998 to the summer of 2015. He was ordained as a priest of the Shrewsbury Diocese in 1969 and, besides working as a parish priest, he has been the Catholic Chaplain at Oxford University and the chairman of the National Conference of Priests. He has written extensively on Newman including John Henry Newman: A Mind Alive (Darton, Longman, and Todd 2008) and Newman 101 (Christian Classics 2008).

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