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atheism

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The theory or belief that God does not exist. The word comes (in the late 16th century, via French) from Greek atheos, from a- ‘without’ + theos ‘god’.

Barry, Dr William

Barry, Dr William (1849–1930)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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...Leamington until he moved back to Oxford in 1928 . He was well read in the classics and fluent in several European languages. His novels often handled controversial topics: The New Antigone ( 1887 ) is a sprightly assault upon the fashionable breakaway concepts of socialism, atheism, free thought, sexual openness, and rights for women. Arden Massiter ( 1900 ) portrays a youthful English socialist's entanglement in Italian revolutionary politics. Barry's wit is well exercised in his attack upon the Celtic Revivalists in The Wizard's Knot ( 1901 ). The...

Lyall, Edna

Lyall, Edna (1857–1903)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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...then Prime Minister, was so struck by Donovan Farrant's inner turmoil that he wrote personally to Bayly. Despite such interest the novel did not sell well (only 320 copies in its first edition). In We Two ( 1884 ) Bayly again depicts a bid to break free from the clutches of atheism. In Golden Days ( 1885 ), a historical novel set in the seventeenth century, is considered one of her most accomplished works. The Hinderers: A Story of the Present Time ( 1902 ) sets out Lyall's opposition to the Boer War , which she believed to be the unnecessary result...

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