J. Henry Shorthouse, the Author of John Inglesant

J. Henry Shorthouse, the Author of John Inglesant

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When J. Henry Shorthouse (1834-1903) published John Inglesant in 1881, he contributed a unique synthesis of Anglo-Catholic sensibilities to the enduring legacy of the Oxford Movement. Although his qphilosophical romanceq has been acclaimed qthe greatest Anglo-Catholic novel in English literatureq and qthe one English novel that speaks immediately to human intuition without regard to the reader's own faith or philosophy, q his most enduring contributions are the qreligion of John Inglesant, q an Anglo-Catholic synthesis of obedience and freedom, faith and reason, and the sacramental vision of qthe myth of Little Gidding.q Afflicted with a lifelong stammer, qthe author of John Inglesantq proved himself a master of cadenced rhythms and qenspiritualisedq prose in quest of qthe great musical novel.q Delineating parallels between sixteenth-century and Victorian England, Shorthouse integrated Quietism with Platonism into a religious aesthetic, a sacramental vision of qthe Divine Principle of the Platonic Christ.q Studied chronologically, Shorthouse's transition from Quaker to qBroad Church Sacramentalistq provides informing comparison with T. S. Eliot's conversion from Unitarian to Anglo-Catholic, as his myth of Little Gidding informs the historical imagination of Eliot's Christian poetry and dramas. The religious and developmental nature of the work of both artists affords analogies with C. G. Jung's psychology of Individuation.(53) This is the first mention by Shorthouse of the suitability of topics, and, as the title of the essay suggests, he was beginning to explore satire to escape the Essay Meetinga#39;s lack of serious purpose. In aquot;An Essay Which Is No Essayaquot;, anbsp;...

Title:J. Henry Shorthouse, the Author of John Inglesant
Author: Charles W. Spurgeon
Publisher:Universal-Publishers - 2003

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