Westminster: Newman, 1957. First edition. Octavo, original brick red cloth, original dust jacket. Corners lightly bumped, closed tears and toning to spine and upper front panel, tape repairs to verso of dust jacket. Neat and clean, a very good copy. Item #320
First American edition, published in the same year as the first British edition, of the selected correspondence of John Henry Newman. The correspondence is divided into two sections, Anglican and Catholic. "Newman as Anglican" and "Newman as Catholic" open with lengthy introductions by editors Derek Stanford and Muriel Spark. Spark was in the midst of a series of literary collaborations with Stanford when she converted to the Church in May, 1954. "Later, when she and Derek Stanford were editing a selection of Cardinal Newman's letters, Father Philip Caraman, a Jesuit at Farm Street and editor of The Month, lent her a bundle of Newman's original letters. 'I had them with me all the time I was working on the book,' Spark wrote. 'I found it good to touch the papers that the sublime Father Newman had touched.' " (Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief). A joint Editorial Note, initialed and dated: D. S./M. S./30th November 1956" thanks Father Caraman and mentions that two of Newman's letters to the Jesuit Fathers originated with Caraman. The Letters of John Henry Newman was published in the same year as Spark's first novel, The Comforters--the beginning of her prolific and productive career as a novelist. "In 1963 Spark abandoned Britain forever, mainly, she confessed, to get away from old friends from whom her sudden success had estranged her. She seems to have been especially eager to avoid Derek Stanford, who in that year had published a disturbingly conflicted study-cum-memoir of his former collaborator and friend." (Jenny Turner, The Guardian). With a frontispiece portrait by Emmeline Deane depicting the elderly Cardinal a year before his death.