London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1912. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Blue cloth. Plates. Two volumes. Covers show signs of wear. Back cover boards slightly bent. Corners bent. Some cracking within. Otherwise a clean and tight set of books in good condition. Item #140967
Wilfrid Philip Ward (1856-1916) was an English essayist and biographer. He was born in 1856 at Old Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire to William George Ward. He attended St. Edmund's College in Ware, Hertfordshire; Ushaw College, in Durham, England; and Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Afterward, he was occupied at educational institutions in Great Britain. He lectured at Lowell Institute, Boston in 1915. He edited the Dublin Review, contributed to publications such as the Edinburgh Review, Quarterly Review, Contemporary Review. He died in 1916. Ward and his friend Baron Friedrich von Hügel have been described as "the two leading lay English Catholic thinkers of their generation". They were both intimately involved in what we now call "the Modernist crisis" in the Catholic Church during Pius X's pontificate.
This book is Ward's biography of the most famous English Catholic of the modern era, John Henry Newman. The work will be useful to students of Newman and his thought, but also to students of modernism, Americanism, and other theological and philosophical controversies occupying the Catholic Church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The "modernist" attention to Newman's work is significant for understanding their own sense of what they were doing in their theological works. Newman, for the "modernist," shows that we must respond to Christian revelation anew in the modern era. Readers interested in modern Catholicism will be interested in how Ward attempts to retrieve Newman and how this retrieval points forward to developments we now associate with the Second Vatican Council.