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'I first encountered Barry Spurr long before I actually met him in the University of Sydney, as is often the way with academics, through an essay on the 1978 An Australian Prayer Book which he contributed to a book entitled No Alternative: The Prayer Book Controversy (1981).1 It was written at a time of immense liturgical revisionary activity of which I was profoundly aware myself, partly because I had been ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1977, but more specifically because my father, also an Anglican priest, was a liturgist and the Chairman of the Church of England Liturgical Commission which was responsible for the Alternative Service Book (ASB) published in 1980, the first radically new attempt at the revision of worship in the Church of England for over three hundred years since the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. My father, Ronald Jasper, was thus perceived by many as one of the “well-intentioned wreckers”2 who were robbing the Anglican Church of its liturgical strengths and above all the glories of its language.' (Introduction)


  • Epigraph: Ἔοικε δέ.... περὶ ταὐτὰ καὶ ἐν τοῖς αὐτοῖς εἶναι ἥ τε φιλία καὶ τὸ δίκαιον –Aristotle, Nichomachaean Ethics

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    y separately published work icon The Free Mind : Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr Catherine Runcie (editor), Revesby : Edwin H. Lowe Publishing , 2016 10728339 2016 anthology poetry essay

    'For over forty years, Barry Spurr has created a significant body of work in English literary scholarship, spanning a wide range of fields from Early Modern literature to contemporary Australian poetry. Barry Spurr is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the fields of religious literature and liturgical language, most notably in the works of Renaissance poet John Donne, the Modernist poet T.S. Eliot, and the language and literature of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. He was appointed by the University of Sydney as Australia's first Professor of Poetry and Poetics, and holds a notable reputation as a teacher and mentor to students, and as a friend to peers and colleagues. He has also been notable as a public intellectual, with a particular interest in the role of literature in the modern education system, and the role of the humanities in the modern university.

    'This book is a collection of scholarly papers, contemplative essays and poems, written or contributed in honour of Barry Spurr. The Festschrift's contributors include his former teachers and mentors, his students and colleagues, and includes scholars and public intellectuals in his fields of scholarship or public interest. This Festschrift is a very fine collection of poetry, public discourse and literary criticism, on topics ranging from the works of William Shakespeare, to John Milton, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Wilfred Owen, in addition to scholarship on liturgical language and religious and literary philosophy.' (Publication summary)

    Revesby : Edwin H. Lowe Publishing , 2016
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