Brooke, Stopford Augustus (1832-1916)
Brooke, Stopford Augustus (1832-1916), born in Letterkenny, Donegal, after a brilliant course at Trinity College, Dublin, took orders, held two London curacies, and in 1866 became incumbent of St James's Chapel, in 1875 of Bedford Chapel, Bloomsbury, where his sermons, at once rich in thought and graceful in literary form, made him one of the chief preachers in London. In 1872 he was appointed a royal chaplain ; in 1880, through inability any longer to believe in miracles, he seceded from the Church of England, but continued to preach in his proprietary chapel. He published Life of Robertson of Brighton (1865), Theology in the English Poets (1874), Primer of English Literature (1876), Milton (1879), History of Early English Literature (18921 Tennyson (1894), Sermons (9 vols. 1868-94), English Literature to the Conquest (1898), Poetry of Browning (1902), &c. See Life by Jacks (1917).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 136.
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