A study of Mark Pattison's religious experience, 1813-1850
Memoirs are corrected. The story, based on the collections of Pattison manuscripts in the Bodleian Library and in other libraries and in private hands at Oxford, is filled out and given a perspective. It is told not from the point of view of a disappointed and frustrated man on his deathbed, but from the diaries, notebooks, and letters of the young Pattison, contemporaneous with the events. The most significant information and much of the rest is entirely new. It brings to light an unusual perspective on the personalities, events, and influence of the Oxford Movement. Finally it throws new light on Pattison himself. For, instead of an embittered old man, we discover a much younger Pattison, a man who is shy but, at the same time, eager, passionate, enthusiastic, and hopeful, and a complete and thorough idealist.