Rosemary Ashton, 16 February 1989
Show More John Henry Newman: A Biography by Ian Ker.
Oxford, 762 pp., £48, January 1989, 0 19 826451 8Show More
James Fitzjames Stephen: Portrait of a Victorian Rationalist by K.J.M. Smith.
Cambridge, 338 pp., £30, November 1988, 0 521 34029 2Show More
“... If there can be said to be such a thing as a Victorian ‘frame of mind’, it must be a broad category indeed to contain two such different representatives as John Henry Newman and James Fitzjames Stephen. They shared a distrust of reform and democracy, a love of England, and a penchant for getting into controversy in print. Otherwise, they strike one as chalk and cheese, or ‘dog and fish’, as Newman put it, à propos of their one encounter, in 1864, when Stephen attacked the ‘dangerous sophistry’ of Newman’s Apologia pro Vita Sua ...”