Frederic W. Farrar
Dean of Canterbury
Frederic William Farrar (Mumbai, 7 August 1831 – Canterbury, 22 March 1903) was a cleric of the Church of England. Farrar was born in Bombay, India and educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man, King's College London and Trinity College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he won the Chancellor's Gold Medal for poetry in 1852. He was for some years a master at Harrow School and, from 1871 to 1876, the headmaster of Marlborough College.
Canterbury, Kent, England
Frederick William Farrar was born August 7, 1831, Bombay, India. His father, a missionary to India, later became the rector at Sideup, Kent, England. Farrar attended King William's College on the Isle of Man, and King's College, London. In 1852, he won a scholarship to the University of London, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He then went to Trinity College at Cambridge where he took a number of honors, including the Chancellor's Prize in English verse. In 1854, he graduated with first class classical honors and took Holy Orders. For a while he served as assistant master at Harrow School. In 1869, he was appointed a Chaplain to Queen Victoria, From 1871-1876, he was headmaster of Marlborough College. He then went on to become a Canon of Westminster Abbey, rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, Arch-deacon of Westminster, and Dean of Canterbury.
Farrar achieved a high reputation as a writer and preacher. He wrote some volumes of popular fiction, and several important works in philology and theology, as well as a few hymns.
Farrar died March 22, 1903 in Canterbury, England.
Works by Frederic W. Farrar
Gathering Clouds is a curious blend. Part fiction, part history, it combines literary elements with historical research to produce an interesting fictionalized story of St. John Chrysostom. St. John was an Early Church Father, beloved for his compassion. Farrar lauds St. John by crafting an interesting tale of the historical events in St. John's life. But--as Farrar writes in the Preface--Gathering Clouds is more than just a tale of "passing amusement." Gathering Clouds is meant to be of a more serious theological and spiritual substance, conveying certain theological and spiritual points. These points don't diminish the story in any way; indeed, if anything, they enhance it. Among other things, they indicate to the reader the importance of living one's life for God, even amongst serious and daily suffering. Gathering Clouds is thus an engaging read--bringing together the best elements of literature, theology, and history. In the end, it edifies through it descriptions of the trials and strengths of St. John, all the while entertaining readers.
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