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Sir James Knowles (1831 – 13 February 1908) was an English architect and editor. He was born in London, the son of architect James Thomas Knowles and himself trained in architecture at University College and in Italy. He designed, amongst other buildings, three churches in Clapham, Lord Tennyson's house at Aldworth, the Thatched House Club, the Leicester Square garden (as restored at the expense of Baron Albert Grant), and Albert Mansions, Victoria Street, Westminster. However, his preferences led him simultaneously into a literary career. In 1860 he published The Story of King Arthur. In 1866 he was introduced to Alfred Lord Tennyson and later agreed to design his new house, Aldworth, on condition there was no fee; this led to a close friendship, Knowles assisting Tennyson in business matters and, among other things, helping to design scenery for The Cup when Henry Irving produced that play in 1880. Knowles became intimate with a number of the most interesting men of the day, and in 1869, with Tennyson's cooperation, he founded the Metaphysical Society, the object of which was to attempt some intellectual rapprochement between religion and science by getting the leading representatives of faith and unfaith to meet and exchange views. Members included Tennyson, Gladstone, W.K.Clifford, W. G. Ward, John Morley, Cardinal Manning, Archbishop Thomson, T. H. Huxley, Arthur Balfour, Leslie Stephen, and Sir William Gull. The society formed the nucleus of the distinguished list of contributors who supported Knowles in his capacity as an editor. In 1870 he succeeded Dean Alford as editor of the Contemporary Review, but left it in 1877 owing to the objection of the proprietors to the insertion of articles (by W.K.Clifford notably) attacking Theism and founded the Nineteenth Century (to the title of which, in 1901, were added the words And After). Both periodicals became very influential under him, and formed the type of the new sort of monthly review which came to occupy the place formerly held by the quarterlies. Inter alia it was prominent in checking the Channel Tunnel project, by publishing a protest signed by many distinguished men in 1882. In 1904 he received the honour of knighthood. He was a considerable collector of works of art. He was married twice, in 1860 to Jane Borradaile, in 1865 to Isabel Hewlett. He died at Brighton and was buried at the Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I found it too slow at times. I felt some of the storylines were left unresolved for too long or that they were mentioned too early without any relevance at that point. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rocio
I am not sure whether I liked this book or not. I like the stories; they are quite detailed written and interesting. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Milena Miletic
Considering the stories date back to before the printing press, it's quite good. The basic story is probably the single most expanded upon story in the history of literature. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Richard S. Parcells
I have read this book 3 times and shall probably read it again. So wonderful and sad at the same time. The efforts of good Christian men have not changed over the centuries. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Danny and Betty
SJK wrote of the times of Knights. He centered on the Knights of the Round Table when King Arthur Rudd the roots. There have been many movie versions of the novel. Read morePublished 26 days ago by eddyrapcon
Not descriptive enough for a mind of the year 2015! Choppy. Redundant. Ending only so so.
Not even great poetry.