Relying heavily on his sermons and correspondence, this life and times biography of F.W. Robertson (1816-1853) illustrates his influence in bettering social conditions for the working classes in early Victorian England. Robertson lived and preached democratic values at a time when that was considered radical or even heretical for an upper-class Englishman. Robertson's inspirational insights into the nature of the spiritual life are timeless in content and poetic in expression.
The Author: Marilyn Thomas Faulkenburg is currently a professor at Menlo College, Atherton, California. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota and completed three post-doctoral fellowships, one at Yale University and two at Oxford University. Her literary criticism has appeared in numerous journals. An essay on Kierkegaard is anthologized. She is also the author of Church, City, and Labyrinth in Bronte, Dickens, Hardy, and Butor (Peter Lang, 1993).