The authors listed below have written works which fall, sometimes loosely, into the above category.
Mr. Stranger's Sealed Packet
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He must needs be instructive in and out of season, and cannot even let French idioms alone. Readers of Mr.
Whatever merits or defects his stories may reveal, they are certainly original. In hisnew venture, Mr. MacColl shows us a youth of great promise who passes through the dark and gloomy throes of scepticism, to emerge finally into the clear atmosphere of faith beyond.
Some of the discussions on evolution and theology may seem just a little tedious, but they are ably conducted. There is a thread of romance running through the narrative which invests it with sufficient interest for those persons who do not care for polemics. MacColl, in other words, had the same chance of making it as a novelist as, say, Anthony Trollope who in spite of his socially disadvantaged origins, his lack of a university education, and his many years as a post office official in Ireland became one of the most celebrated and highest earning novelists of the 19 th century.
Marie Corelli was outstandingly successful as a novelist and one of the great earners of the writing fraternity of the Victorian period, but her novels had no artistic merit. It is not unknown that novelists who received no recognition by their contemporaries and whose artistic merit was unappreciated in their own time are rediscovered by later ages. Indeed, the process of revaluation is a constant feature of literary practice. The question which one must ask is whether his novels have sufficient artistic merit to repay attention or whether they are simply bad novels that do not repay attention and therefore should remain forgotten and unread by those who look for literary merit.
They do not fail grandly trying to realise an ambitious artistic goal. They fail trivially in many respects.
To detail such failures would be tiresome and would not offer the usual rewards of critical appreciation: an enhanced experience of the work under discussion. There is, however, no reason to repeat this argument here. The novels give a clear impression that MacColl had enthusiasms and concerns he wanted to share with a greater public and where necessary, he wanted to educate that public and persuade them to accept certain religious views and metaphysical doctrines that he felt were under attack.
In the last two years of his life he also published a number of shorter essays as well as a philosophical treatise [MacColl , , , , ] dealing with the interrelated questions of the argument from design, the foundation of ethics, the survival of the soul, and the existence of a Christian God. And as the novel shows, he was also eager to share his knowledge and, indeed, his enthusiasm with his readers.
At the same time, as is abundantly clear from Ednor Whitlock, MacColl was deeply committed to defending the Christian faith, in particular in its Anglican form. For MacColl Christian faith gives life its meaning and provides a foundation for morality. The final authority must be superhuman, and this superhuman authority cannot be effectively appealed to till the educated and uneducated alike are firmly convinced that it really exists. These appear to have passed MacColl by.
In the third quarter of the century the realisation spread that the argument from design simply assumed what it aimed to prove. By the time Frederick Temple, as Bishop of Exeter, came to give his Bampton Lectures in , he was stating the official view of the matter when he said that the argument from design. What was required for the truly Christian, was a leap of faith. Once that was taken, problems of doubt did not arise, only problems of interpretation of the word of God.
Moreover, it was becoming accepted among Victorian intellectuals that morality could be separated from its religious basis, and that the example of Christ had its force whether or not he was divine. In Robert Elsmere Mrs. And, most important of all, towards the end of the century there was a decline in orthodoxy as radical evangelicalism slowly lost its grip on the religious consciousness and moral conscience. Generally, believers became more relaxed about the way they practiced their belief, and consequently also more relaxed about the way in which Christian morality was founded.
This was at least partly a generational change. It was in its extreme the replacement of the Philip Gosse of the early and mid-Victorian world with the Edmund Gosse of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, or the Theobald Pontifexes of that world with the Ernest Pontifexes. Ernest makes his name with a book of essays apparently written in or where he has this to say about faith and the church:. The writer urged that we become persecutors as a matter of course as soon as we begin to feel very strongly upon any subject; we ought not therefore to do this; we ought not to feel very strongly even upon that institution which was dearer to the writer than any otherthe Church of England.
We should be churchmen, but somewhat lukewarm churchmen, inasmuch as those who care very much about either religion or irreligion are seldom observed to be very well bred or agreeable people.
The Church herself should approach as nearly to that of Laodicea as was compatible with her continuing to be a Church at all, and each individual member should only be hot in striving to be as lukewarm as possible. This is where morality finds its basis. This attention to the inner nature of man becomes an important feature of developments in art, in literature, and in psychology in the last two decades of the nineteenth century.
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I fancy that there is some truth in the view which is being put forward nowadays, that it is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us. That MacColl sought recognition for his contributions to logic and to join the newly professionalized academia seems clear. It also seems true to say that he did seek recognition as a novelist. In both areas he failed to attain recognition in his own time. He had enthusiasms and concerns he wanted to share with a greater public and where necessary, he wanted to educate that public and persuade them to accept certain religious views and metaphysical doctrines that he felt were under attack.
When he failed, as he did, to gain any wide hearing for his views, this was because the public debates which he wanted to join were no longer at the centre of public attention, the attitudes he represented were recognizably those of another period, and the arguments he presented were no longer current. Cuypers , Stefaan E. Gregory , R. Keene , Carol A. Kingsmill , Hugh — , and the Victorians, English Review, 54, Palmer , David J.
Peer , Willie van ed. Temple , Fredrick — , Apparent collision between religion and the doctrine of evolution, in T. Cosslett ed. Tillyard , Eustace M. Walsh , William , H. Curthoys eds. Ward , Mrs. Humphry — , Robert Elsmere, edited by R. Ashton, Oxford: Oxford University Press original edition in Woolf , Virginia — , Collected Essays, vol. For the development of the discipline of history and the professionalization of this subject, see [Levine ]; and for the discipline and professionalization of literary criticism, see [Atherton ].
This bibliography lists novels about Mars chronologically as well as by author. I have so far not identified the venues where they were published. However, after the first quarter, the story picks up and it becomes more or less enjoyable.
I managed to polish the book off in a few days. While I don't regret reading, I don't think it's going to show back up on my "re-read" list anytime soon. Oct 09, Paddy rated it liked it. I was really enjoying this book until it decidedly took a turn for the racist. Very unfortunately this book is thick with English 'higher race' elitism and condescension towards non-white races and cultures.
Good read otherwise.
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