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An exquisite Deluxe Edition of the Anglican prayer book and
literary masterpiece commemorating the 350th anniversary of the 1662
edition intimately familiar to our most enduring writers
essential to the canon as the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare, The
Book of Common Prayer has been in daily use for centuries.
Originally produced for the Church of England in the sixteenth century
by Thomas Cranmer, who was burned at the stake upon the accession to the
throne of the ardently Catholic Queen Mary, it contains the entire
liturgy as first presented in English—as well as some of the
oldest phrases to be used by modern English speakers. Here are daily
prayers, scripture readings, psalm recitals, and the services marking
such religious milestones as baptism, confirmation, and marriage, all
from the 1662 edition, whose influence can be seen in the work of some
of the greatest writers in English literature, from Donne and Swift to
Austen and the Brontës.
This beautiful deluxe edition
includes a new introduction by The New Yorker's book critic James
Wood, discussing how The Book of Common Prayer has influenced
the English language and literature. Its small trim size allows for easy
portability as a daily devotional.
For more than seventy years,
Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the
English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics
represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and
across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide
authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished
scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations
by award-winning translators.