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In Praise of Churches [Abridged] [Hardcover]

Paul Hogarth , John Betjeman
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18 April 1996
This work brings together John Betjeman's poems and prose and Paul Hogarth's paintings about the Church. Together, they demonstrate Betjeman's intimate knowledge of and love for the Church, both High and Low, and also his joy in the comedies and the small details of Church life.

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  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (18 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071955554X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719555541
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this book Betjeman has captured the intimate world of church life, with its architecture, clergy, congregation and ritual. Betjeman's life was infused by a personal love of the Church and his understanding and experience of its architecture and its ritual make him one of the most absorbing guides to aspects of church life. Betjeman wrote a great deal about the Curch throughout his life and much of his best-loved writing is on the subject. Paul Hogarth's sensitivity to architecture and place has made him one of the most popular living artists and here he accompanies Betjeman's words with marvellous evocations of the churches set in churchyards and wider landscapes and of those details within that were so important to Betjeman and which fascinate the observant eye. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Betjeman was born in London on 28 August 1906. He was educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1931 his first book of poems, 'Mount Zion', was published by an old Oxford friend, Edward James. His second book was 'Ghastly Good Taste', a commentary on architecture, published in 1934. He was knighted in 1969 and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1972. John Betjeman died on 19 May 1984 at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and was buried at the nearby church of St Enodoc

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Betjeman fans 28 Jan 2001
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This book is one of a series of three, the other two being The Illistrated Poems and The Illustrated Summoned By Bells. As with the other two, the contents are all re-hashes of Betjeman's work, but with added watercolour illustrations to enhance them. A great deal of thought has gone into the content of both the the selected written material and the illustations.
For me, an avid fan who has visited Betjeman's home territory and final resting place at St. Enodoc's Church on many occasions, the sections of prose and watercolours featuring St. Protus and St. Hyacinth Church at Blisland, coupled with those of St. Enodoc's Church at Trebetherick, make it worth buying the book to read these two sections alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing artistic book 11 Dec 2000
By Hung Yip Chan - Published on
This book definitely could not be a best seller as popular fictions, but it's good for all artists---if you were an architect, painter, or'll love it. It birngs together poems, prose and painting in a way that will delight, surprise and enthuse all of us. I am happy to find this book from Amazon. Two years ago, I bought a book "Graham Green Country" which is the travelling sketchbook of Paul Hogarth, I found Hogarth is a wonderful watecolour artist, I like his painting with exceptionally free style but sometimes with very neat details. So, I traced his illustrated book " In praise of Churches", in which, his 80 water colour paintings are so impressive , vivid and delight. The author John Betjeman is famous in poem and prose. I am surprised that he is also so keen on architecture. Don't be boring about the old churches, ---in this book, it's all concerning the churches of 500 years ago---the author's life was infused by deep and very personal love of the churches. he said " I know no greater pleaseure than church crawling" ----when we are reading his note and illustrations, we will feel great fun and enjoyment and following his crawling. sometimes about the details of churches, sometimes you can find the wonderful prose, verse, poems and hymns. I particularly like the author's notes on the architectural side of churches. First, he can vision the environment, the stone paving, the church yard, the graves,...and then about the detail artistic fittings such as door knocker, stonework,the gargoyles, altar,doorhinges,the bell, the sun dial,the lectem, the calligraphy.... even the notice board!!---all those, with Hogarth's fascinating paintings! When you are entering the church, please don't forget to find out are there any artwork of your church?.....please enjoy the peaceful life with art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it today 10 Oct 2005
By Chap - Published on
This is a wonderful collection of poems and paintings with some history thrown in for good measure. The poems are a great collection. Some amuse, some inspire, and some evoke introspection. The book is a volume of great material for the church lover. We have had the opportunity to incorporate some of the poems into worship services with much success.
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