The Gloomy Dean: The Thought of William Ralph Inge

The Gloomy Dean: The Thought of William Ralph Inge

The Gloomy Dean: The Thought of William Ralph Inge

The Gloomy Dean: The Thought of William Ralph Inge

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This book is not intended primarily as a work of biography, for only the first chapter is biographical. Nor is it a critique in the usual sense, although I have not refrained entirely from critical comment. It is, rather, an account of the roles played by the late W. R. Inge as scholar, clergyman, critic, and moralist.

I am indebted to the Carnegie Foundation for a generous grant which made possible much of the travel and research on which this work is based. I am also grateful to Wake Forest College for making funds available for preparation of the manuscript.

Among the many individuals who have helped me in one way or another, I want particularly to thank Alban G. Widgery, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Duke University, for advice and assistance dating from a time long before the actual writing was begun. Others who contributed generously of their time and advice and hospitality were Clement C. J. Webb, sometime Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion in the University of Oxford, and the Very Reverend W. R. Matthews, Dean of St. Paul's.

Finally, I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to Dr. Inge himself. His sympathetic interest in my work, his invaluable suggestions, and the courtesy he showed me when I visited him at Brightwell Manor enabled me to view his thought in a perspective which would not otherwise have been possible.

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