First published in 1772, "The Spiritual Quixote" is a good-humoured satire upon Methodism, written by Reverend Richard Graves, an Anglican clergyman who drew heavily upon his personal experiences and acquaintances as inspiration for this clever and highly amusing novel. Also known as "The Summer's Ramble of Mr Geoffrey Wildgoose," "The Spiritual ...
First published in 1772, "The Spiritual Quixote" is a good-humoured satire upon Methodism, written by Reverend Richard Graves, an Anglican clergyman who drew heavily upon his personal experiences and acquaintances as inspiration for this clever and highly amusing novel. Also known as "The Summer's Ramble of Mr Geoffrey Wildgoose," "The Spiritual Quixote" follows the religious and romantic adventures of its hero, a young Oxford man, who, living in retirement with his mother in the country, decides to become an evangelist, although mainly from the lack of any other more interesting occupation. Widely acknowledged as one of the best 'Quixote' novels of its time, written in imitation of the style of Cervantes' original, though on original and independent lines, "The Spiritual Quixote" is an engaging narrative that not only gently ridicules the vagaries of Methodism, but also tells an enjoyable tale of comic romance.
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Very Good. Book With an Introduction by Charles Whibley. Two volumes in one. Frontispiece piece portrait and title page illustration. London: Peter Davies, 1926. First published in 1773, this is the best-known work by English minister, poet, and novelist Richard Graves (1715-1804). The picaresque novel satirizes John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Methodism in general, which he saw as a threat to his Anglican congregation. Octavo. Original red cloth binding, with gilt title. The spine is lightly faded, with a bit of minor wear to the corners and tips; otherwise very good.
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