Edmund Campion, Scholar, Priest, Hero and Martyr (Signed copy)
Signed by Father Philip Caraman, a close friend of Waugh's
Third edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 203pp.
This copy has been signed and dedicated by Father Philip Caraman, an important character in Waugh's Catholic journey. The inscription reads, "To Bishop Grasar, with the assurance of my devotion to the cause of the maryrs, Philip Caraman, SJ. Christmas 1962". Father Caraman (1911–98), was a Jesuit priest, author and editor of the Catholic journal The Month, to which Waugh occasionally contributed. Waugh and Caraman were friends for much of their lives; Caraman assisted the author in his detailed research for Helena and was staying with Waugh at Combe Florey when he died, administering Conditional Absolution and subsequently conducting his funeral and giving the address at his Requiem Mass.
Evelyn Waugh's biography of St. Edmund Campion, the Elizabethan poet, scholar and gentleman who became the haunted, trapped and murdered priest is in one way a simple, perfectly true story of heroism and holiness. But Waugh write's with a novelist's eye for the telling incident and with all the elegance and feeling of a master of English prose. From the years of success as an Oxford scholar, to entry into the newly founded Society of Jesus and a professorship in Prague, Campion's life was an inexorable progress towards the doomed mission to England. There followed pursuit, betrayal, a spirited defence of loyalty to the Queen, and a horrifying martyr's death at Tyburn.
The book is in very good condition, the dustwrapper tanned with small closed tear to the top edge of the front panel, and light edgewear. The dustwrapper has not been price-clipped.