The Nonconformists: In Search of a Lost Culture by James Munson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
S.P.C.K., 1991, Paperback.
First in this, paperback, edition.
From the cover: The decline of English Nonconformity in the twentieth century may well be seen as being as profound a change in English history as the suppression of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Like the monasteries, some of its ruins still bear testimony to Nonconformitys lost influence: the chapels turned into bicycle shops and off-licences, the great suburban churches in which a handful of the faithful gather where once thousands sat entranced under great preachers. Often dismissed as drab and narrow-minded, Nonconformitys passing is regarded as irreversible, and is rarely mourned.
Yet, as James Munson shows in this brilliant and controversial new study, the influence of Nonconformity on English society, literature, education, architecture, religion and politics-the whole culture summed up by the phrase, the Nonconformist conscience has been broad rather than drab. And despite its decline English Nonconformity has left, unlike the monasteries, an indelible mark on the national character which will long outlive its institutional strength.
This is a learned and beautifully-written book that redraws the map of English cultural history.
Very Good. Gently faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.
[VIII] 360 pages. Index. Bibliography. C Format (8½” x 5¼”).
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Social History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.00 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!