Frederic William Farrar

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  • Marion Spies (Bergische Universit)

Frederic William Farrar was born on 7th August 1831 in Bombay, India. In 1856 he became a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and later assistant master at Harrow school. With Eric, or Little by Little: A Tale of Roslyn School (1858) he began to publish a successful series of school novels, which propagated Thomas Arnold’s Rugby School ethos and its accompanying Muscular Christianity. In 1876 Farrar became canon of Westminster Abbey, in 1883 archdeacon, and, finally, dean of Canterbury from 1895 until his death on 22 March 1903. He wrote several theological works, mostly about Christ. They were best-sellers. In them, he clearly advertises his Tractarian leanings, especially his belief that the (Anglican) Church …

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Spies, Marion. "Frederic William Farrar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2001
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