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Betjeman : writing the public life /
Kevin J. Gardner.
imprint
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, c2010.
description
xi, 245 p.
ISBN
9781602582545 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, c2010.
isbn
9781602582545 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7226924
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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His writings, struggles of faith, and love affair with Anglicanism
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A household name in Great Britain, John Betjeman was a public literary figure who openly declared his Christian faith and championed the social and aesthetic joys of Anglicanism as unique to English identity. Through poetry in newspapers and on radio and television broadcasts, Betjeman celebrated the cultural significance of the Church of England well beyond its religious role. Although a steadfast proponent for Christianity and the Church, Gardner explains, Betjeman nevertheless struggled mightily to believe the faith, and he was forthcoming with his own spiritual failures. In this master study of his writings, Gardner deems Betjeman to be the poet of the Church of England--and demonstrates his works to be a vital part of Anglicanism's living traditions.
Main Description
A household name in Great Britain, John Betjeman was a public literary figure who openly declared his Christian faith and championed the social and aesthetic joys of Anglicanism as unique to English identity. Through poetry inĀ  newspapers and on radio and television broadcasts, Betjeman celebrated the cultural significance of the Church of England well beyond its religious role. Although a steadfast proponent for Christianity and the Church, Gardner explains, Betjeman nevertheless struggled mightily to believe the faith, and he was forthcoming with his own spiritual failures. In this master study of his writings, Gardner deems Betjeman to be the poet of the Church of England--and demonstrates his works to be a vital part of Anglicanism's living traditions.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Eternity Contained in Time: The Paradoxes of Betjeman's Anglicanismp. 15
Doubt Inserts the Knife: The Absence of God and the Anxiety of Eternityp. 51
In the Vapory Incense Veil: Nature, Eros, and Spiritual Mysteryp. 85
Dear Old, Bloody Old England: Sacramental Politics and Anglican Pastoralismp. 119
The Chain-Smoking Millions and Me: Anglican Culture and the Community of Faithp. 155
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 237
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