The Oxford Movement Literary Aspects - Essay

Literary Aspects

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Joseph Ellis Baker (essay date 1932)

SOURCE: "Newman as Novelist," in The Novel and The Oxford Movement, Princeton University Press, 1932, pp. 54-68.

[In the following essay, Baker discusses Newman 's novels, Loss and Gain and Callista as partly autobiographical reflections on spiritual faith as an "inner drama. "]

John Henry Newman wrote two novels, both portraying a development of mind somewhat similar to his own,—a development which, for him, culminated in one of the most important events in the history of the Church since the Reformation, his conversion to Rome. Since fiction is freer than history, some of Newman's spiritual...

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