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a review for "The Bookman". Inge (1860-1954) was Professor of Divinity at Jesus College, Cambridge, until he was appointed Dean of St. Paul's Catherdral. He was a liberal in theology but a reactionary in politics, critical of democracy (www.ccel.org). In this review of Giovanni Papini's "Life of Christ" (1923), Inge points out that nobody wrote about Christ's life for the hundreds of years between the gospels and modern times, and that it such biographies had little value, since there are no suitable source materials to consult. The gospels are "...not history, just a mystical interpretation of history" for the use of the churches. "The book has, in fact, no scientific value whatever". Inge mentions several other biographies,lumping them together as uncritical exercises in imagination, even Strass's, despite the German reputation for scholarship. But Papini has an enthusiastic style which will please many English readers, though his rhetoric is sometimes violent and exaggerated. Four pages on 8 1/2 x 11 lined paper, some editorial markings for the printer. Paper toned, some creases, a paper clip residue on the first and last. With, an autograph postcard, signed, to the editor of the "Bookman" asking him to send Papini's book - he had likely been asked to submit the review and this was his acceptance. In Very Good condition.
Title: Autograph Manuscript, Signed, "Papini's Story of Christ",
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