Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cranmer a better translator than writer

"in the judgment of some of Cranmer's most astute critics, his prose is best when he translates rather than composes.  G. J. Cuming notes that Cranmer 'does seem to require an external stimulus to release the flow of creative activity'; this judgment is quoted approvingly by MacCulloch in Thomas Cranmer, 418."

     Alan Jacobs, The Book of Common Prayer:  a biography (Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 2013), 211n2.

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