Apologia Pro Vita Sua

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Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Title page of the first edition of Apologia Pro Vita Sua.jpg
Title page of the first edition.
Author John Henry Newman
Country England
Language English
Publisher Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green
Publication date

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defense of his life) is John Henry Newman's defense of his religious opinions, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as Charles Kingsley's unwarranted attack on him, the Catholic priesthood and Roman Catholic doctrine. It quickly became a bestseller and remains in print today. It was influential in turning public opinion for Newman, and in establishing him as one of the foremost exponents of Catholicism in England.

After a brief and unsatisfactory correspondence with Kingsley, Newman began work on the Apologia. A revised version, with many passages rewritten and some parts omitted, was published in 1865.[1]


  1. ^ Svaglic, Martin J. (1952). "The Revision of Newman's 'Apologia'," Modern Philology, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 43–49.

Further reading[edit]

  • Colby, Robert A. (1953). "The Poetical Structure of Newman's 'Apologia Pro Vita Sua'," The Journal of Religion, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 47–57.
  • Deen, Leonard W. (1962). "The Rhetoric of Newman's Apologia," ELH, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 224–238.
  • Peterson, Linda H. (1985). "Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua and the Traditions of the English Spiritual Autobiography," PMLA, Vol. 100, No. 3, pp. 300–314.
  • Ward, Wilfrid (1913). Introduction to Apologia Pro Vita Sua. London: Oxford University Press, pp. v–xxx.

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