John Henry Newman

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  • Marion Spies (Bergische Universität-GHS Wuppertal)

John Henry Newman was born in London on 21 February 1801. His father John was a partner in a banking house. His mother Jemima Fourdrinier belonged to a Huguenot family. He was the eldest of six children and was raised an Anglican. At the age of seven he was sent to a private school at Ealing, where he came under the influence of Evangelicals. As a consequence, he decided in 1816 to imitate the Gospel ideal of holiness and live more strictly. (In Newman criticism, this is frequently called Newman's first conversion.) He was entered at Trinity College, Oxford, in December 1816 and went there in the following year. Although he had gained a scholarship in 1818, he did badly in the final exams in 1820 and just managed to graduate B.A. He was …

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Spies, Marion. "John Henry Newman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Articles on Newman's works

  1. An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent
  2. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine
  3. Apologia pro Vita Sua

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  1. Catholic literature