Newman was provoked into writing his masterwork in response to the criticism he had received for leaving the Anglican church and converting to Catholicism, in particular a vicious attack by Reverend Charles Kingsley.
First published in 1864 Apologia Pro Vita Sua is a humane and vivid account of the development of Newman's ideas and his faith and a passionate defence of both. It was tremendously influential in changing the popular opinion of Newman, and helped to establish him as one of the foremost proponents of Catholicism in England. The book remains a landmark work of Victorian literature and autobiography and one that continues to resonate to this day.
The Bloomsbury Revelations edition is based on the 1945 version by Masie Ward. It includes a new preface by Reverend John T. Ford and Newman's correspondence with Charles Kingsley which provoked him to write the book.
Bloomsbury Revelations is a new series celebrating the originality and excellence of Bloomsbury’s non-fiction publishing. Including books by the likes of Slavoj Zizek, Winston Churchill, Mohandas Gandhi, Ronald Dworkin, Constantin Stanislavski, Gilles Deleuze and Homer, this is an essential library of the thinkers who have fundamentally shaped the way we see the modern world.
Apologia Pro Vita Sua publishes 23 November 2014 in the UK and 18 December 2014 in the US.
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