A new book: Ronald Knox: A Man for all Seasons (ed by Francesca Bugliani Knox) is being launched next Monday at Heythrop College. Fr Nicholas Schofield, archivist of the Archdiocese of Westminster, will be giving the introduction.
Ronald Knox occupies a conspicuous role in English religious, cultural and literary history, and he was also one of the leading lights of the English 'Catholic revival' of the first half of the twentieth century. This collection of essays examines his many interests, setting them in their historical context. It discusses the profound effect that the Great War had on his religious life, his engagement with Benedictine spirituality, the distinctive characteristics of his apologetics and preaching, and his engagement with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Like Thomas More, whom Erasmus famously dubbed 'a man for all seasons for all men,' Ronald Knox was a man of many talents. He was a classicist, writer of fiction, translator, theologian, essayist, journalist, historian, preacher and spiritual guide. His aptitude for writing in a variety of literary genres was evident from an early age.
This volume addresses Knox's original contributions to each area of his interests, literary as well as theological. It illustrates his insights into Virgil's Aeneid, explains the value of his fiction and discusses the merits of his translation of the Bible. It also looks into Knox's deep understanding of the liturgy and the reasons why his spirituality had and continues to have such a strong appeal. Finally, it suggests that many aspects of his theology and his use of humour and satire remain pertinent today. Two extensive selections of Knox's unpublished writings and correspondence, as well as published pieces that are now difficult to trace, complement the essays in the volume.
The launch takes place on Monday 14th November, 6pm at Newman and Campion Rooms, Heythrop College.