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Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 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).


[T]he long-time Roman Catholic priest and Newman scholar, Roderick Strange, has done all scholars and laypersons of nineteenth-century church and society a great service by distilling the most revealing contents of those thirty-two bulging volumes into one. In this masterful editing process Strange has created a compendium, a kind of book of Newman that in chronological order encapsulates his life from the fresh-faced child to the aged cardinal. * C. Brad Faught, Anglican and Episcopal History *
An attractive and well-produced volume. * Reed Frey, C.O., Newman Studies Journal *
No one, to my mind, has ever written a biography of Newman which quite captures him. This book does so, however, in all his paradoxical greatness. Thank you, Mgr Strange. * A.N. Wilson, The Tablet *
Highly recommended * Church of England Newspaper *
A fascinating glimpse into this extraordinary mind * Catholic Herald *
There is much pleasure in this book; and the letters could just as easily be read one or a few at a time as chapter by chapter. It will be a valuable tool for anyone wishing to get to know Newman's character better in the company of a sensitive guide. * Serenhedd James, Church Times *
informative and fascinating * Steve Craggs, Northern Echo *
Roderick Strange has performed a great service to all who would study theology in our own climate and culture. At times the letters are tantalising and one would like to see both sides of the correspondence. Nonetheless, Strange clarifies much in his ample notes, and it is of the nature of a 'life through letters' that it must be a semi-autobiographical journey. This is an excellent addition to Newman studies. * Stephen Platten, Crucible *
Newman lives again in every pafe of this remarkable collection. * Paul Deal, The New Criterion *
Reading this book leads one to discover (or rediscover) a rich and fascinating personality, and creates a desire to plunge further into certain exchanges of letters or the development of certain themes and ideas. It cannot fail to appeal to a non-specialist readership desirous of knowing Newman better, and as well as being a source of delight to specialists to inspire them to read further in the 32 volumes of the Letters and Diaries * Keith Beaumont, Etudes newmaniennes *
Great writers are not always great letter-writers: Charles Dickens was, George Eliot wasn't. John Henry Newman, one of the great Victorian prose writers, was also one of our great letter-writers, whose extant letters fill thirty-two daunting volumes, which Roderick Strange has now made accessible with this carefully chosen and excellently introduced selection. * Ian Ker *
This admirable anthology will enable many to discover Newman as a correspondent who is a brilliant stylist, a sharp-and sometimes humorous-observer of humanity, and an incisive theological teacher, who still has much to say not only to Anglicans and Catholics but to many more today. * Rt Revd Dr Geoffrey Rowell *
Those who delve into the life and thought of John Henry Newman are inevitably daunted by the sheer wealth of material available, including Newman's own voluminous writings. By means of a judicious selection of Newman's letters, set clearly against the background out of which they emerged, Roderick Strange succeeds in providing his readers with a comprehensive and nuanced portrait of the complex genius who was John Henry Newman. This work confirms Newman's own claim that "a man's life lies in his letters". * Terrence Merrigan *
These wonderful letters help us to understand how friendship was at the heart of Newman's life. We see here practical active charity and, of course, his wonderful, sensitive master of the English language. * Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. *
This admirable anthology will enable many to discover Newman as a correspondent who is a brilliant stylist, a sharp-and sometimes humorous-observer of humanity, and an incisive theological teacher, who still has much to say not only to Anglicans and Catholics but to many more today. * The Rt Revd Dr Geoffrey Rowell, Emeritus Fellow, Keble College, Oxford, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe 2001-2013 *
the outstanding nature of the editor's achievement ... a volume which will long remain as an introduction, companion, and guide to Newman's writings. * Dermot Fenlon, The Furrow *

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