Evelyn Waugh presented his biography of St. Edmund Campion, the Elizabethan poet, scholar and gentleman who became the haunted, trapped and murdered priest as "a simple, perfectly true story of heroism and holiness." But it is written with a novelist's eye for the telling incident and with all the elegance and feeling of a master of English prose. ...Read MoreEvelyn Waugh presented his biography of St. Edmund Campion, the Elizabethan poet, scholar and gentleman who became the haunted, trapped and murdered priest as "a simple, perfectly true story of heroism and holiness." But it is written with a novelist's eye for the telling incident and with all the elegance and feeling of a master of English prose. From the years of success as an Oxford scholar, to entry into the newly founded Society of Jesus and a professorship in Prague, Campion's life was an inexorable progress towards the doomed mission to England. There followed pursuit, betrayal, a spirited defense of loyalty to the Queen, and a horrifying martyr's death at Tyburn.Read Less
Fair. No Dustjacket. 1952. 215 pages. No dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with faded gilt lettering to spine. The pages are clean and clearly legible although mildly yellowed throughout with foxed endpapers. The boards are mildly tanned along the spine with bumped corners and general rubbing on all sides.
Very good. 8vo, hardcover. Vg+ condition in vg dj. Prev. owner's name/address at corner of front endpaper; Contents very mildly and uniformly age-toned but clean, binding & hinges firm. Dj lightly browned/smudged, tiny chips at spine ends & top corner of cover; now housed in protective transparent mylar wrapper. viii, 215 p., illus., 5 leaves of plates, portraits.
Octavo. 225 pages. A very good copy in original red cloth faded to pale pink at the spine. One of fifty copies for private distribution this being number 36. Inscribed on the second blank: "Sachie and Georgia/ with love from/ Evelyn." Sir Sacheverell Sitwell and his wife, Georgia, were close friends of the author. A major association copy.
I read this book as a companion to Joseph Pearce's The Quest for Shakespeare. Evelyn Waugh illuminates the Elizabethan era with this biography of Edmond Campion. What happens to a country when the intellectual institutions are not just closed, but destroyed; when books are burned; when art is defaced; when religious institutions are banned? Aside from delving into the cultural issues of the day, Waugh's writing style is engaging. This is a must read for anyone interested in the reign of Elizabeth I. I came away from this book wondering if "Good Queen Bess" was meant as an ironic joke? She was brutal, bloody, barbaric Bess.
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