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Lord of the World Paperback – November 13, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1461057000 ISBN-10: 1461057000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461057000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461057000
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Interesting it must be to all to whom the deepest convictions of a man's heart are of moment. And in the artistic balance and taste of Father Benson's literary power every reader will find delight." -- New York Times

"Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence [this review was written in 1906], free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God." -- London Times

"The book as art is beautiful, delicately balanced, deeply inspired, intelligently executed." --Putnam's

About the Author

Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), enjoyed a celebrated and prolific career that lasted little over a decade. In addition to a great many non-fiction works, he authored a series of twenty novels and short story collections that combined a specific moral orientation with an astonishing popularity among the general public of the early twentieth century. As an Anglican and later a Catholic priest, Father Benson was in great demand as a speaker in both England and the United States. The most sensational English convert from the Anglican Communion to Catholicism since John Henry Newman, "Hugh," as his friends and family called him, was a son of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Benson wrote from a Catholic perspective, but with real understanding and sympathy for the Protestant position.

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A good read, especially because the Kindle version is offered for free!
Carlos Carrasco
Although this was written before the first world war, the author's vision here is very much on point with what is happening in the world today.
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Benson's ability to weave a biblical story line into an imaginative vision of the future is absolutely stunning.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dana C. on December 5, 2012
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Robert Hugh Benson, a convert to Catholicism, captures the Catholic imagination about the end of the age in this beautiful and poetic work of fiction. Benson's ability to weave a biblical story line into an imaginative vision of the future is absolutely stunning. His writing brings to life what may be when the Lord of the World engages in the final battle against the Bride of Christ, the Church. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves well written literature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fr Adrian G. Head on April 27, 2013
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I re-iterate what I wrote for The Dawn of All. Benson, formerly an Anglican priest, wrote realistically of the terrible persecutions under Queen Elizabeth following King Henry VIII. I feel that his writings are intended to shake us up spiritually.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TJC on August 15, 2014
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I became interested in reading Lord of the World after I read that it was an early dystopion novel that preceded Brave New World and 1984 and ,in some respects, resembled them. In that sense Benson's novel is a fascinating step in the development of a very popular genre.

Like the novels that followed it, it portrays a world in which the promise of earthly perfection although popular becomes for one person at least an all-consuming state that is indifferent to individuals. In what begins as an attempt to form a sort of world government capable of overcoming the divisive nature of religion soon reveals itself as even more intolerant than the religions it replaces. It all begins with the arrival of a mysterious American about whom nothing is known but who is able to captivate large crowds to such a degree that the nations of the world make him the President of the World. It isn't long before the price of world peace becomes the abandonment of religious belief, the acceptance of euthanasia and the annihilation of those who oppose an all-powerful government.

As a caution, readers should know that the story is told from the point of view of a catholic priest loyal to his faith. As a result there are many descriptions and references to Catholic liturgy and belief. Any readers who find such things beyond their patience would be advised to stay away from this novel.

On an entirely different level, the novel written in 1907 anticipated the future perhaps more clearly than did 1984 or Brave New World.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia La Barbera on January 16, 2014
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Lord of the World, a compelling and an unforgettable book, is one of the first dystopian novels. Written in 1907 by Fr. Robert Hugh Benson, it projects the logical consequences of atheistic humanism. Readers will no doubt recognize the chilling parallels with the contemporary world. Pope Francis has quoted from this book. Lord of the World is a must-read novel, especially for Catholics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John B on December 20, 2012
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The story is very well written. It is amazing when you realize that it was written more than a hundred years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Palmer on May 27, 2014
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In discussions of Pope Francis, and how he supposedly has "changed" the Catholic Church's position on issues, one must bear in mind his strong recommendation of this book to all. Period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C de Barra on March 21, 2013
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The book is worthy of note because it gives a window into early twentieth century Catholic thought. I have often wondered at the Papal condemnation of "Modernism" and this novel seems to me to clarify the matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana Cole on June 13, 2013
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This novel can take its place with today's "end of the world" literature. The characters are well drawn the plot intricate up until the end. The end was a letdown, but I won't give it away.
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