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Living In Its Shadow: Worcester Cathedral And Ellen Wood’s The Channings, Candice Pearson

This article explores the architecture and history of Worcester Cathedral and the novel it inspired, Ellen Wood’s The Channings (1862). The cathedral’s primary function and its sphere of influence altered dramatically over the centuries and in The Channings we see how economically and culturally dependent upon the cathedral are its nearby inhabitants; we also see how they often overlook the cathedral’s spiritual purpose. While the cathedral and its congregation evidently stimulated Wood to write the novel; the novel in return conclusively affects the reader’s perception of the cathedral.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Living In Its Shadow: Worcester Cathedral And Ellen Wood’s The Channings, Candice Pearson, All rights reserved.
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