Patrick R. O'Malley

Patrick R. O'Malley

Patrick R. O'Malley

Patrick R. O’Malley is an Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, with teaching and research interests in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, gender and sexuality, the Gothic novel, religion and literature, Irish and Anglo-Irish history and literature, and literary theory.

He has published Catholicism, Sexual Deviance, and Victorian Gothic Culture (2006) and other articles and essays on Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Sydney Owenson, Charlotte Dacre, George Eliot, and John Henry Newman. He is currently working on a book about the representation of history in the works of nineteenth-century Irish Protestants.

O’Malley’s paper, “Everybody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Restoring Surprise to Nineteenth-Century British Catholicism,” suggests that critics of nineteenth-century literary and cultural history have to restore to their understanding of nineteenth-century Catholicism in England the sense of surprise that contemporary writers, Catholics, non-Catholics, and anti-Catholics, found in it. This will allow critics to take better stock of the multivalent and even contradictory roles that Catholicism actually played in that history.

John Henry Newman. Callista: A Sketch of the Third Century. London: Burns and Lambert; Cologne: J. P. Bachem, 1856.

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John Henry Newman. Callista: A Sketch of the Third Century. London: Burns and Lambert; Cologne: J. P. Bachem, 1856.

This volume is a first edition.

The Armstrong Browning Library has thirty-eight letters written by John Henry Newman. Most of the letters are his correspondence with William George Ward, a Tractarian and disciple of Newman, and Wilfred Ward, Newman’s biographer. The ABL also has 152 letters written by John Henry Newman’s brother, Francis William Newman, mostly to Robert Braithwaite.

Letter from John Henry Newman to Wilfrid Ward, 25 May 1889

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Letter from John Henry Newman to Wilfred Ward. 25 May 1889.

This letter was written the year before Newman died. He gives a favorable critique of Wilfrid Ward’s book, William George Ward and the Oxford Movement (1889).

Your book is a capital one, very able, and very kind to me personally.

Newman regrets that he is too old to attempt to write the return letter himself. A secretary has transcribed the letter, but Newman signed with a very unsteady hand lamenting—

I regret to say that I am too old to attempt to answer letters.

 

 

- Exhibition Text by Melinda Creech

Patrick R. O'Malley