The Cathedral

Hugh Walpole (1884 - 1941)

Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE (1884 – 1941) was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him were the authors Henry James and Arnold Bennett. His skill at scene-setting, vivid plots, and high profile as a lecturer brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, but has been largely neglected since his death.... One of Walpole's major novels of the early post-war period was The Cathedral, which unlike much of his fiction was not dashed off but worked on across four years, beginning in 1918. The story of an arrogant 19th-century archdeacon in conflict with other clergy and laity was certain to bring comparisons with Trollope's Barchester Towers (The Manchester Guardian 's review was headed "Polchester Towers"), but unlike the earlier work, The Cathedral is wholly uncomic.... The reviewer Ivor Brown commented that Walpole had earlier charmed many with his cheerful tales of Mayfair, but that in this novel he showed a greater side to his art: "This is a book with little happiness about it, but its stark strength is undeniable. The Cathedral is realism, profound in its philosophy and delicate in its thread." The Illustrated London News said, "No former novelist has seized quite so powerfully upon the cathedral fabric and made it a living character in the drama, an obsessing individuality at once benign and forbidding. ...The Cathedral is a great book." The Jubilee which plays an important part in the story is the national celebration in 1897 of Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. Summary by Wikipedia and david wales

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Religious Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Book 1 Prelude:Chapter 1 Brandons David Wales
Play 02 Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 2 Ronders David Wales
Play 03 Bk1 Prelude: Ch 3 One Of Joan's Days David Wales
Play 04 Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 4 The Impertinent Elephant David Wales
Play 05 Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 5 Mrs. Brandon Goes Out To Tea David Wales
Play 06 Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 6 Seatown Mist And Cathedral Dust David Wales
Play 07 Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 7 Ronder's Day David Wales
Play 08 Bk 1 Prelude: Ch 8 Son -- Father David Wales
Play 09 Book 2 The Whispering Gallery: Chapter 1 Five O'Clock -- The Green Cloud David Wales
Play 10 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 2 Souls On Sunday David Wales
Play 11 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 3 The May-Day Prologue David Wales
Play 12 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 4 The Genial Heart David Wales
Play 13 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 5 Falk By The River David Wales
Play 14 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 6 Falk's Flight David Wales
Play 15 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 7 Brandon Puts On His Armour David Wales
Play 16 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 8 The Wind Flies Over The House David Wales
Play 17 Bk 2 The Whispering Gallery: Ch 9 The Quarrel David Wales
Play 18 Book 3 The Jubilee: Chapter 1 June 17, Thursday: Anticipation David Wales
Play 19 Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 2 Friday, June 18: Shadow Meets Shadow David Wales
Play 20 Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 3 Saturday, June 19: The Ball David Wales
Play 21 Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 4 Sunday, June 20: In The Bedroom David Wales
Play 22 Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 5 Tuesday, June 22: 1 The Cathedral David Wales
Play 23 Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 6 Tuesday, June 22: 2 The Fair David Wales
Play 24 Bk 3 The Jubilee: Ch 7 Tuesday, June 22: 3 Torchlight David Wales
Play 25 Book 4 The Last Stand: Chapter 1 In Ronder's House: Ronder, Wistons David Wales
Play 26 Bk 4 The Last Stand: Ch 2 Two In The House David Wales
Play 27 Bk 4 The Last Stand: Ch 3 Prelude To Battle David Wales
Play 28 Bk 4 The Last Stand: Ch 4 The Last Tournament David Wales