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  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 350 Dlx An edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143106562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143106562
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the great, abiding works of English literature . . . The acute poetry, balanced sonorities, heavy order, and direct intimacy of its prose have achieved permanence, and many of its phrases and sentences are as famous as lines from Shakespeare or the King James Bible.” —James Wood, from the Introduction

About the Author

James Wood is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a visiting lecturer at Harvard, and the author of the national bestseller How Fiction Works and the novel The Book Against God. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James C Morris on December 12, 2012
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Intro is expansion of New Yorker piece, and adds a lot for non-Church of England folks.
A real piece of Western culture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald M. Bullock Jr. on August 2, 2013
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I miss the traditional and familiar language in the Book of Common Prayer. In the U.S., the 1979 book omits the gospels and epistles for the sundays. I have found the Book of Common Prayer to keep me on track when my faith is week. This familiar edition is precious to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gaye Luck on April 28, 2013
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I love this book because it is one that I have been brought up with.
Its essence helps to sustain me.
It is so easy to have it with me, wherever I am, now that its on my Kindle!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Federico Larrinaga on January 19, 2014
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If you enjoy taking time out to be with God this book is great it gives you an outline and a focus so that you don't get lost in your thoughts. This book is a great tool.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Bishop on November 8, 2013
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This is a very nice book and I enjoy having it. I just have to point out one inaccuracy in the introduction by James Wood. He says that "the 1552 Book of Common Prayer became the established collective liturgy of the Church of England for the next three hundred years" and that "the 1662 edition...is identical in all important respects to its 1552 predecessor." But in fact, the Book of Common Prayer was revised again in 1559 at the Elizabethan Settlement.

In 1552, during the reign of Edward VI, the Church of England was under the influence of radical Calvinist and Zwinglian reformers. As Mr. Wood notes, they added the Black Rubric which denied any "real and essential presence" of Christ in the Lord's Supper, and also changed the liturgy of the Eucharist to remove the reference to eating the Body and Blood of Christ. Elizabeth I reversed those changes in the 1559 revision. This was a "Settlement" because it settled the dispute between the radical reformers on one hand and the shift back toward Rome that occurred under Mary I.

I would certainly call denial vs. acceptance of the Real Presence an "important respect". It is the 1559 version, not the 1552 one, on which the present (1662) Book of Common Prayer is largely based, and it is the Elizabethan Settlement, not Calvinism or Zwinglianism, which has guided the Church of England since. I found it sloppy to imply that 1552 was the last previous revision. That said, the 1662 version does include a modified version of the 1552 Black Rubric. This was to appease the Puritans who had taken control during the Interregnum, but confuses otherwise clear Anglican teaching about the Eucharist (see [...] So although I like this book, since Elizabeth I did not authorize the Black Rubric I might eventually want a copy of the 1559 version that she did use.
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By cherry on February 10, 2014
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Lacks--- Ribbon bk markers to make more efficiently useable.; would have been better in 3" x 5" size to be more easily carried in pocket or purse for use anywhere.
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