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The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years
Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences

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Hannibal Hamlin, Norman W. Jones, Stephen Prickett, Robert Alter, John N. King, Aaron T. Pratt, Gergely Juhász, Isabel Rivers, R. S. Sugirtharajah, Paul C. Gutjahr, Jason P. Rosenblatt, Adam Potkay, Michael Wheeler, James Wood, Katherine Clay Bassard, Heather Walton
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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521768276

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  • 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible. No other book has been as vital to the development of English writing or indeed to the English language itself. This major collection of essays is the most complete one-volume exploration of the King James Bible and its influence to date. The chapters are written by leading scholars from a range of disciplines, who examine the creation of the King James Bible as a work of translation and as a linguistic and literary accomplishment. They consider how it differed from the Bible versions which preceded it, and assess its broad cultural impact and precise literary influence over the centuries of writing which followed, in English and American literature, until today. The story will fascinate readers who approach the King James Bible from the perspectives of literary, linguistic, religious or cultural history.

    • Focuses on the reception history of the King James Bible and its cultural impact, rather than on its making - most available books on the King James Bible focus on how it was made rather than examining its profound and extensive influence
    • Brings together a wide range of experts reflecting a multitude of perspectives in order to provide the best one-volume sense of the King James Bible's literary-cultural impact
    • Explores in detail some of the most important canonical works of English and American literature influenced by the King James Bible
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A distinguished list of contributors provide an absorbing authoritative account of the reception of the 1611 Bible and its continuing effect on modern literature."
    -Frank Kermode

    "This is a superb collection of essays, at once an essential introduction to crucial aspects of the King James version and a magnificent spur to further thought."
    -David Norton, Victoria University of Wellington

    "The King James Bible after 400 Years provides an authoritative source for scholars and students who want to understand the historical background, cultural stakes, and literary reception of the KJB."
    -BRIAN BRITT, Virginia Tech. Journal of Religion vol. 92, number 1

    "This engaging collection of essays is a major contribution from Cambridge University Press to the celebrations surrounding the four-hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible (KJB)."
    --William Gibson, Anglican and Episcopal History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521768276
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the King James Bible and its reception history Hannibal Hamlin and Norman W. Jones
    Part I. The Language of the King James Bible:
    1. Language within language: King James' steamroller Stephen Prickett
    2. The glories and the glitches of the King James Bible: Ecclesiastes as test-case Robert Alter
    Part II. The History of the King James Bible:
    3. The materiality of English printed Bibles from the Tyndale New Testament to the King James Bible John N. King and Aaron T. Pratt
    4. Antwerp Bible translations in the King James Bible Gergely Juhász
    5. Philip Doddridge's New Testament: The Family Expositor (1739–56) Isabel Rivers
    6. Postcolonial notes on the King James Bible R. S. Sugirtharajah
    7. From monarchy to democracy: the dethroning of the King James Bible in the United States Paul C. Gutjahr
    Part III. Literature and the King James Bible:
    8. Milton, anxiety, and the King James Bible Jason P. Rosenblatt
    9. Bunyan's biblical progresses Hannibal Hamlin
    10. Romantic transformations of the King James Bible: Wordsworth, Shelley, Blake Adam Potkay
    11. Ruskin and his contemporaries reading the King James Bible Michael Wheeler
    12. To the Lighthouse and biblical language James Wood
    13. The King James Bible as ghost in Absalom, Absalom! and Beloved Norman W. Jones
    14. The King James Bible and African American literature Katherine Clay Bassard
    15. Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Smart, and the 'gifts' of the King James Bible Heather Walton
    Chronology of major English Bible translations to 1957
    Chronology of English Bible translations since 1957
    King James Bible bibliographies: I. The King James Bible: its background, history, and reception
    II. The literary-cultural influence of the King James Bible.

  • Editors

    Hannibal Hamlin, Ohio State University
    Hannibal Hamlin is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Psalm Culture and Early Modern Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004), the co-editor of The Sidney Psalter: The Psalms of Sir Philip and Mary Sidney and has written numerous articles and reviews on Shakespeare, Donne, Milton and Renaissance literature.

    Norman W. Jones, Ohio State University
    Norman W. Jones is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Gay and Lesbian Historical Fiction: Sexual Mystery and Post-Secular Narrative (2007), and has had essays and reviews published in American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies and Christianity and Literature.

    Contributors

    Hannibal Hamlin, Norman W. Jones, Stephen Prickett, Robert Alter, John N. King, Aaron T. Pratt, Gergely Juhász, Isabel Rivers, R. S. Sugirtharajah, Paul C. Gutjahr, Jason P. Rosenblatt, Adam Potkay, Michael Wheeler, James Wood, Katherine Clay Bassard, Heather Walton

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