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Lord of the World
Special Purchase, paperback, 234 pages.
In this profound and prescient novel, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson presents an imaginative foretelling of the end of the world. All stories, Aristotle said, have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but most ends are relative, the terminus of a chain of acts. But what about the end that terminates all human action, the end of time, the Second Coming? Since this novel appeared in 1906, many others have been devoted to nuclear disaster, destructive comets, and other hair-raising possibilities. What sets Benson's story apart and makes it as readable today as when it was written is the Catholic and biblical context that provides the ultimate meaning.
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose conversion to Catholicism caused a stir. He became a great apologist for the faith, in spiritual works as well as in works of the imagination. Lord of the World is a tremendous "read," but it is also deep spiritual food for thought.
"Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence [this review written in 1906], free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God. -- London Times
"Interesting it must be to all to whom the deepest convictions of a man's heart are of moment. And in the artistic balance and taste of Fr. Benson's literary power every reader will find delight." -- New York Times
"Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence [this review was written in 1906], free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God." -- London Times
"The book as art is beautiful, delicately balanced, deeply inspired, intelligently executed." --Putnam's
About the Author
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), enjoyed a celebrated and prolific career that lasted little over a decade. In addition to a great many non-fiction works, he authored a series of twenty novels and short story collections that combined a specific moral orientation with an astonishing popularity among the general public of the early twentieth century. As an Anglican and later a Catholic priest, Father Benson was in great demand as a speaker in both England and the United States. The most sensational English convert from the Anglican Communion to Catholicism since John Henry Newman, "Hugh," as his friends and family called him, was a son of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Benson wrote from a Catholic perspective, but with real understanding and sympathy for the Protestant position.
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