Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British writer and social critic, was one of the most brilliant controversialists and media personalities of his generation. Gregory Wolfe's acclaimed biography draws on unpublished diaries, correspondence, interviews, and Muggeridge's prolific writings to chronicle the long and turbulent life of this legendary figure. Wolfe demonstrates the underlying unityspiritual and intellectualthat runs through the many phases of Muggeridge's career. According to Wolfe, Muggeridge, like St. Augustine, endured a lifelong conflict between flesh and spirit, between deep involvement in the world and the need to withdraw from it. Ultimately though, Muggeridge, one of the finest prose stylists of the twentieth century, was a passionate pilgrim in the pursuit of truth and a defender of the Christian faith who deserves to take his place alongside G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis. This edition, which marks the centenary of Muggeridge's birth, makes Wolfe's Muggeridge available in quality paperback for the first time in North America.
What They're Saying...
"[T]he cumulative effect of Wolfe's narrative in Malcolm Muggeridge is so serious and so genuine that the biography ultimately forces a reconsideration of its subject."
— Christopher Hitchens, Weekly Standard
"[W]olfe has created an informed and definitive presentation on one of the most influential minds of the 20th Century."
— The Bookwatch
"[S]ince [Malcolm Muggeridge's] death there have been some attempts to rehabilitate him, or at least do justice to an oeuvre much of which is ephemeral. Wolfe's biography and tribute is the best researched. It is particularly sympathetic to Muggeridge the Christian. In a new introduction, Wolfe presents him as 'a champion of the great Christian existentialists'Augustine, Pascal, Blake, and Kierkegaard."
— Peter Coleman, Quadrant
"[P]ointed, insightful, well-researched, absorbing, [and] high-minded."