Satirist, humorist, Church of England vicar, and convert to RomanCatholicism, Edward Caswall (1814-1878) was one of the nineteenthcentury's most important hymnologists - posterity is indebted to himfor both his original and translated hymns, including 'See, amid thewinter's snow', 'Jesu, the very thought of thee', and 'At the Cross'. Hewas, moreover, the faithful financial and administrative mainstay ofNewman's Oratory in Birmingham from the time of his conversion in1847 until his death some thirty years later.This new biography of Edward Caswall is the first systematic investigationof the life and work of a man whose spiritual journey, fromAnglicanism via Tractarianism to Roman Catholicism, exemplifies thepersonal and theological dilemmas experienced by many during thatera. Based on extensive archival research, it will be welcomed byreaders interested in Newman, nineteenth-century hymnody andpoetry, and Victorian history.An important contribution to Newman studies.GERARD TRACEY, late archivist of the Birmingham OratoryNancy de Flon steers the reader through the fascinating family backgroundand Oxford years of her subject and does much to explain Caswall's owndistinctive path to Rome before treating his fruitful Oratorian years . . . theparticular strength of de Flon's study, however, is the extent to which shefocuses on and draws out Caswall's outstanding literary, poetical, anddevotional genius. PETER NOCKLESNancy de Flon earned her Ph.D. in Church History from UnionTheological Seminary in New York. Now an editor for Paulist Press, Nancy de Flon was formerly Visiting Professor of Church History atUnion Seminary and Adjunct Professor of Church History at LongIsland's Immaculate Conception Seminary. She has also taught at theCentre for Marian Studies at Lampeter in mid-Wales.
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