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Catholic converts : British and American intellectuals turn to Rome / Patrick Allitt.

Allitt, Patrick. (Author).
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Subject: Catholic Church > History > 19th century.
Catholic Church > History > 20th century.
Catholic Church.
Catholic converts > Great Britain > History.
Intellectuals > Religious life > Great Britain > History.
Catholic converts > United States > History.
Intellectuals > Religious life > United States > History.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781501720536
  • ISBN: 1501720538
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 343 pages)
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1997.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: intellectuals becoming Catholics -- New pride and old prejudice -- Loss and gain: the first English converts -- Tractarains and transcendentalists in America -- Infallibility and its discontents -- America, modernism, and hell -- The lowliness of his handmaidens: women and conversion -- The British apologists' spiritual Aeneid -- Revival and departure -- Fascists, communists, Catholics, and total war -- Transforming the past: the convert historians -- Novels from Hadrian to Brideshead -- The preconciliar generation: 1935-1962.
Summary: From the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, an impressive group of English-speaking intellectuals converted to Catholicism. Outspoken and gifted, they intended to show the fallacies of religious skeptics and place Catholicism, once again, at the center of Western intellectual life. Allitt explains how, despite the Church's dogmatic style and hierarchical structure, converts working in the areas of history, science, literature, and philosophy maintained that Catholicism was intellectually liberating. British and American converts followed each other's progress closely, visiting each other and sending work back and forth across the Atlantic. The lives of individual converts - such as John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas Merton, and Dorothy Day - have been well documented, but Patrick Allitt has written the first account of converts' collective impact on Catholic intellectual life.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Note: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Action Note: digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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