Biblical Drama in England: From the Middle Ages to the Present Day - Murray RostonLondon: Faber & Faber, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Top edges of text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The twofold aims of this history of biblical drama is to provide a critical evaluation of the plays themselves in the context of their own times, and at the same time to suggest the insights they afford into the religious history of the English people. The completeness of Dr Roston’s survey — from the mystery cycles, through Milton, Byron, Yeats and Lawrence to the work of Try and MacLeish — enables him do justice to the work of each period on its own terms without treating mediaeval drama, for example, as merely pre-Elizabethan; and he brings out with striking clarity the varying relation over the years between regard for the sanctity of the scriptural text and the demands of art. Readers will already be familiar with Dr Roston’s interest in the place of the Bible in English Literature from his absorbing study Prophet and Poet: The Bible and the Growth of Romanticism.
In its comprehensiveness, critical acuteness and fluent style this new work will be of value and appeal both to specialists and to the wider public.”