EDMUND CAMPION – The Novel (E Waugh): Jesuit, Spy, Traitor

EDMUND CAMPION
by Evelyn Waugh
Longmans, Green & Co
1935

Review by: Dominic Selwood (5 November 2012)
For: Favourite Books of 2012

First edition - 1935

First edition – 1935

Fundamentalism. Terrorist hysteria. Politics and religion twisting fear into hate. A lone hero, an outlaw—smuggled undercover into his own country. I can’t put the book down. It’s a plot straight from the Special Forces clandestine ops library. A gifted and patriotic Englishman, an Oxford don, chooses a hated and treasonous religion. He spreads it in the shadows, hunted by the authorities. When the inevitable end comes, England feels a smaller and emptier place. Although the style is bulky by today’s standards, Waugh speaks out for the demons conjured in every century, effortlessly waking our sympathy and outrage. It’s a terrible story, magnificently told.

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/2012/11/05/favourite-books-of-2012

Edmund Campion, line engraving, possibly by Jacobus Neeffs (early to mid 1600s)

Edmund Campion, line engraving, possibly by Jacobus Neeffs (early to mid 1600s)

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