Zenosius Or the Pilgrim-Convert

By: Charles Constantine Pise

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CLEAN in text. Foxing throughout. Bindind is square though somewhat shaken. All is secure. Cover is soiled. Gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Red leather covers. ..... . In 1845 the Catholic publisher Edward Dunigan of New York inaugurated his Dunigan's Home Library Series of 'Religious and Moral Works for Popular Reading.' Dr. Pise's last novel, Zenosius; or The Pilgrim Convert (his name is now on the title-page) is the first volume in the series. Zenosius is Father Pise's most polemical novel. In it he abandons the sweet reasonableness of his earlier fiction and hits hard at ' Unitarianism invaded Baltimore in 1818. The First Unitarian Church was built the next year, from designs by Maximilian Godefroy. 36 American Antiquarian Society every kind of heresy, though the Episcopalians and Presbyterians are the particular objects of his attack. Pise had good reason to go on the offensive. During the 1850s and 1840s the Catholic Church in America suffered grievously. The Nativist movement was inaugurated by the founding of the Protestant, an anti-Catholic weekly, in 1830. In 1834 the Ursuline Convent at Charlestown, Massachusetts, was burned by Nativists. In the following year Philadelphia mobs, provoked by Nativists, burned two Catholic churches and killed thirteen persons. In his Preface Pise remarks that he had replied to a friend who told him not to be severe on Protestants in Zenosius: 'With their persons, and, if you choose, their sincerity, I have nothing to do .. . but as regards their errors and schism, what compromise can be made with them?' Zenosius is a complicated story, semi-allegorical in mode and ingenious in organization. Every Catholic argument against every possible heresy must be inserted in some manner. Zenosius is Father Pise's most ambitious effort. He gave to it all he knew—in theology, homiletics, and literary strategy. One senses in it his devotion to the Holy City which he saw first when he was himself a pilgrim there at the age of nineteen. The novel also testifies to his love of the institution which shaped his faith. It is dedicated to Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, 'my second alma mater.' A heart-felt tribute, although small and late. And may thy sons, far scattered though they be, Reading 'Zenosius,' drop a passing prayer for me.

Title: Zenosius Or the Pilgrim-Convert

Author Name: Charles Constantine Pise

Categories: Collectibles,

Publisher: Edward Dunigan: 1845

ISBN Number: 281BNB1001944

Size: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible - Good

Seller ID: 22751