"In her spacious and quiet streets men walked and spoke as they had done in Newman's day"
Statue of Cardinal Newman
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Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a Roman Catholic priest, poet and writer on theology.

His works include The Dream of Gerontius (1865) and Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1866), an autobiography whose title may be translated roughly as A Justification of One's Life.

Newman was something of a controversial figure, having left the Anglican Church in 1845 to join the Roman Catholic Church. This aspect of his life may have been of particular interest to Evelyn Waugh, who was himself received into the Catholic Church in 1930.