Lrb: The Divine Dramatist (George Whitefield)
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Commonly acknowledged as Anglo-America's most popular eighteenth-century preacher, George Whitefield commanded mass audiences across two continents through his personal charisma. Harry Stout draws on a number of sources, including the newspapers of Whitefield's day, to outline his subject's spectacular career as a public figure. Although Whitefield here emerges as very much a modern figures, given to shameless self-promotion and extravagant theatricality, Stout also shows that he was from first to last a Calvinist, earnest in his support of orthodox theological tenets and sincere in his concern for the spiritual welfare of the thousands to whom he preached.
The Library Of Religious Biography is a series of original biographies on important religious figures throughout American and British history.
Harry S. Stout is Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and the author of "The New England Soul," His awards include an N.E.H. Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.