Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. First edition. Octavo, original brick red cloth, original dust wrapper. Slight toning and gentle wear to original wrapper. A near-fine copy. Item #938
"THE TRADITION FOR WHICH CATHOLIC LITERATURE IN ENGLISH STANDS" First edition of this comprehensive anthology of Catholic literature in English—a nearly fine copy in the scarce original dust wrapper. A standout in an age of poetry anthologies, the Catholic Tradition in English Literature collects five centuries of poetry and prose from Catholic authors in the British Isles and North America. Carver's brief Preface (dated, "St. Philomena's Parish / Pittsburgh Pennsylvania / The Eve of the Pentecost, 1926") describes his mission: "the present collection has but one purpose: to put before the student in convenient form something of the tradition for which Catholic literature in English stands, in order that he may, by learning it the better be the more able in his pursuit "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." This volume presents Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Mallory, Thomas More and Robert Southwell, John Dryden and Alexander Pope, John Henry Newman and Frederick William Faber, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Francis Thompson, Alice Meynell and Louise Imogen Guiney. Carver also includes many lesser-known Catholic writers such as three Secessionist poets from the American Civil War: James Ryder Randall ('Maryland, My Maryland'), John Bannister Tabb, and Father Abram J. Ryan: "For many years he was looked upon as the poet laureate of the 'Lost Cause.'" The volume closes with three poems by Joyce Kilmer (killed in battle in France in 1918). Concludes with an Index of to Authors, Titles, and First Lines of Poems.