CARDINAL MANNING by Leslie Shane

CARDINAL MANNING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a revised and abbreviated version of the author's monumental Henry Edward Nanning published in 1921. This particular book is published in part to mark the centenary of Manning's entrance into the Catholic church and in part to correct what the author deems to be a caricature of Manning contained in Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians. Manning is an intriguing subject for a biographer, for this was a turbulent career, full of controversies and distinguished by his relationships with some of England's great personages of the 19th century, such as John Henry Newman, Gladstone, Disraeli, William Booth, Parnell, and Florence Nightingale. Manning was a fighter for the causes he believed in. He loved politics and played the political game vigorously and often ruthlessly whether in ecclesiastical or civic affairs. However, Manning was a truly great churchman and in his espousal of the interests of the poor he best reflected the spirit of his Master. As a biography the book is lacking a clear-cut delineation of the character of the man, the issues he confronted, the personages he encountered and the temper of the times. There are too many quotations from his lectures and sermons and not enough interpretation.

Publisher: P. J. Kenedy