John Henry Newman: Apologia pro Vita Sua

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  • Marion Spies (Bergische Universität-GHS Wuppertal)

In 1864, in an anonymous article in Macmillan's Magazine, Charles Kingsley accused both the Catholic clergy and John Henry Newman, who had already converted at that time, of not regarding truth as a virtue. Newman complained to the editors because of this “slander”. Then, Kingsley revealed himself to be the author of the article; a correspondence between him and Newman ensued, and ultimately Kingsley published his pamphlet What, then, does Dr. Newman mean? in support of his earlier accusations. Newman answered this with his Apologia pro Vita Sua. This edition was very polemical and directly attacked Kingsley. In the edition of 1865, however, which today is the one most commonly read and reprinted, Newman …

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Spies, Marion. "Apologia pro Vita Sua". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
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