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Gordon Campbell (1) (1944–)

Autor/a de Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611–2011

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Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Leicester.
Crèdit de la imatge: University of Leicester

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Andrew Marvell (Everyman's Poetry Series) (1997) — Editor — 28 exemplars, 1 ressenya


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Finished reading through the entirety of the King James Bible in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of its translation.

This is an excellent repro edition of the original 1611 text in a quality cloth binding. Great value; it's not often you'll find books with fine paper and binding at this price.
wyclif | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Sep 22, 2021 |
This book explores the 400 year political, ecclesiastical and cultural history of the King James Version of the English translation of the Bible. I was fascinated to observe that many of the debates that accompanied this translation, such as Protestantism versus Catholicism, Presbyterianism versus Episcopalism, the place of evangelicalism, and the nature of divine inspiration, are still issues that Christians today grapple with.
rodneyvc | Dec 7, 2019 |
4**** rather than 5***** because of the at least occasionally slipshod editing:

page xii (explaining the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars): Shakespeare and Cervantes are sometimes said to have died on the same day (23 April 1623), but in fact Cervantes died ten days before Shakespeare, because Spain had adopted the Gregorian calendar. The year, of course, should be 1616, not 1623.

page 3 (influence of Milton on the American Revolution): the case for ecclesiastical disestablishment in Virginia (for which Franklin drew on the anti-prelatical tracts).... It should, of course, read "Jefferson" rather than "Franklin."

page 370 (the Glorious Revolution): the point at which the grandees of English politics decided James II should be ousted, and William of Orange, with his wife Anne, should be installed. William III was, of course, married to Mary II; Mary's sister, the future Queen Anne, was William's sister-in-law.

I'm not nitpicking. This biography is chock full of minutiae of detail, and such obvious editorial errors make one wonder whether there are less obvious glitches elsewhere.

This book is a biography of Milton, not study of his poetry, and in fact there is at least as much attention devoted to his polemical and scholarly prose as there is to his poetry. Interest in Milton the writer could best be satisfied by a reading of the supplementary materials to the two Norton Critical volumes of Milton – in fact, the second and third editions of the PL Norton Critical are both worthy of library inclusion for their differing critical articles, and they should be supplemented with the companion Norton volume of the other poetry and some selected prose with the accompanying supplement. And don't try reading this Campbell-Corns biography without first giving a thorough read/reread to all of the major poetry (yes, that even includes Comus {sigh}) because Campbell-Corns will reference Milton's work but presume knowledge and not go into extensive detail.

Beginners might want to turn first to Milton: Poet, Pampleteer, and Patriot by Anna Beer. The Beer biography is far less comprehensive than Campbell-Corns but will give an easier introduction which can then be followed up by the more detailed Campbell-Corns.
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CurrerBell | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 25, 2017 |
At some point during the European Renaissance (no one knows for sure when), a curious trend started. Men of religion or of means built themselves a small shack in the countryside with the barest essentials and lived out their days in solitude and reflection. The hermits could either live in the vast acreage of a nobleman or by a monastery. Their lives were devoted to prayer, reading, communing with nature, writing, or gardening. Then, England got a hold of the practice and it took on a life of its own. While it does explore the European roots of the phenomenon, Gordon Campbell’s The Hermit in the Garden mainly chronicles the rise and fall of English hermitages and how they existed in (and just outside) British society, culture, and literature.

Once Jean-Jacques Rousseau published his works and his opinion that nature should no longer be flattened to please the eye, countryside estates teemed with picturesque forests, grottos, and idyllic nooks and crannies in which to spend one’s days. Some noblemen, so encumbered by the stress of living large sought out a simpler life, which at that point meant only having one or two servants at one’s beck and call. And so, they began to construct smaller outhouses on their land to which they could retire and entertain small parties. These hermitages began popping up all over England in the 18th and 19th century.

Afterwards, some hermitages were built with the expressed purpose of hiring a local man to play the part of the hermit and entertain estate guests. These garden hermits began to take on the role of the country sage or guru in many communities. The country hermit began life as a throwback to the British druids. Many hermitages, however, were left vacant, with only local folklore detailing the identity of the hermit. Today, we celebrate the idea of the garden hermit in the form of small ceramic gnomes many people place in their flowerbeds.

This book is in many ways a guidebook to all the major and minor hermitages of England, with detailed listings, descriptions, and illustrations of hermit houses throughout the British Isles. Most of these were constructed in the Georgian Era (1714-1830), and, being constructed from wood, thatch, and other natural elements, many survive only in letters, journals, and poems. The later trend of Victorian hermitages brought the hermits out of the deep woods and into the British lawns, but by then, the trend was pretty well diminished.

Interestingly, Campbell is always telling the reader where they can go to find some of the hermitage-related documents and artifacts. While this was a little annoying at first, after time, I wanted to go to these places and experience how these hermits lived. It gives the whole thing the feel of a one-on-one lecture, and not a lofty treatise on hermits. He even doles out little jabs about how modern readers aren’t versed in classic poetry, and therefore, why he has to explain all the hermitage inscriptions. To be sure, though, this book has just about every detail there is to know about English hermitages, so be prepared for that. His bibliography and research are worthy of an Oxford publication. To anyone even slightly interested in this niche area, I highly recommend this book.
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NielsenGW | Feb 26, 2013 |



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