Caldwell, Taylor: Dear and Glorious Physician
(researched by Carolyn Barfield)

Assignment 1: Bibliographical Description
1 First edition publication information (publisher, place, date, etc.)
Taylor Caldwell. Dear and Glorious Physician. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1959. No additional copyright statements of parallel first editions.
2 First edition published in cloth, paper, or both? If both, simultaneous or staggered?
First edition published in trade cloth binding.
3 JPEG image of cover art from first edition, if available
4 Pagination
288 leaves, [8] 9-574 [1]
5 Edited or Introduced? If so, by whom?
The first edition is introduced by Taylor Caldwell. It includes a brief description of the research she and her husband conducted on the life of Saint Luke. Together, they read over 1,000 sources in preparing for this novel. The foreward also includes brief information about pertinent biblical history. Also listed on page 3 of this edition are the series of books written by Caldwell, from 1938 until the publicaton of _Dear and Glorious Physician_. Caldwell has included a dedication on page 7, which reads, "For Dr. Samuel A. Vogel, and / Frances Vogel, Buffalo, New York".
6 Illustrated? If so, by whom?
The first edition contains no illustrations within the covers of the book. The dust jacked is illustrated front and back by Remy Charlip. The illustration is a vignette, using dark blue and light blue intermixing colors. The back cover has a white snowflake located near the upper left corner, just above the author's name, which is in large, yellow block type.
7 JPEG image of sample illustration, if available
8 General physical appearance of book (Is the physical presentation of the text attractive? Is the typography readable? Is the book well printed?)
Measurement of page: 8.25" x 5.5" Measurement of margins: 0.5" from top, 1" from bottom, 0.75" from outer edge, 0.5" from inner edge space with text per page: 7.75" x 5" type size/style: 82.55mmJoanna Further Description of Typography: text presentation is moderately attractive. Spacing between lines is even, but type size is on the small side. New chapters do not start a new page, but continue 1" below the end of the previous chapter. Chapters are headed with "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2", etc. in bold type, 0.5" above the first line of each new chapter. Type has no wear and virtually no fading. No type description noted on title page or colophon.
9 JPEG image of sample chapter page, if available
10 Paper (Assess the original quality of the paper used for the book. Is the paper in the copy or copies you examined holding up physically over time?)
First edition uses smooth white paper, with a very fine, granulated texture. Paper of a thicker stock is glued to the front and back bindings, and there is also one leaf at the beginning and one leaf at the end of the thicker stock paper. Paper has very minor yellowing. The bottom and top has straight edges, while the sides are deckle edged. There are no stains or tears to speak of in the first edition copy being examined.
11 Description of binding(s)
First edition is bound in green with vertical and horizontal dotted line grain. The spine of the book is covered in a black strip, which overlaps 1" on the front and back covers. At the top of the spine, the title and author is stamped horizontally in gold block uppercase lettering, with a green background. The publisher's name is stamped outside of the green color block in smaller gold uppercase lettering. Endpapers are white and of a thicker stock than the rest of the book. Transcription of spine: DEAR and / GLORIOUS / PHYSICIAN / Taylor / Caldwell / DOUBLEDAY Transcription of front cover: DEAR AND / GLORIOUS / PHYSICIAN / BY TAYLOR / CALDWELL Transcription of back cover: A MAJOR NOVEL ABOUT ST. LUKE / BY TAYLOR / CALDWELL
12 Transcription of title page
Recto: DEAR AND / GLORIOUS / PHYSICIAN / "Our most dear physician, Luke." / ST. PAUL / Taylor Caldwell / DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY, INC. / GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK / 1959 Verso: ANY RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN ANCIENT ROME AND / THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND/OR RUSSIA / IS PURELY HISTORICAL AND NOT A COINCIDENCE. / LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG CARD NUMBER 58-12032 / COPYRIGHT 1959 BY REBACK & REBACK / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
13 JPEG image of title page, if available
14 Manuscript Holdings
The typed edition of the manuscript, with author's marks on pages, is held in the Creative Writing Collection at the University of Florida.
15 Other (typograpical information from title page, etc.)
no inscriptions or further typographical information
Assignment 2: Publication and Performance History
1 Did the original publisher issue the book in more than one edition? If so, briefly describe distinguishing features of each (illustrations, cover art, typography, etc.); if not, enter N/A
From the available resources, it does not appear that the original publisher released the book in more than one edition, although there were sixteen editions released between 1959 and 1961.
2 JPEG image of cover art from one subsequent edition, if available
3 JPEG image of sample illustration from one subsequent edition, if available
4 How many printings or impressions of the first edition?
5 Editions from other publishers? If so, list their dates and publishers; if not, enter N/A
Aside from the original publisher, Doubleday, Bantam Books released 15 printings from March 1962 to May 1973. These editions are dated as follows: March 1962 [2], April 1964, March 1965, February 1966, December 1966, March 1968, March 1969, February 1970, June 1970, May 1971, August 1971, December 1971, June 1972, and May 1973. Buccaneer Books and Random House also published subsequent editions.
6 Last date in print?
Appears to be May 1982
7 Total copies sold? (source and date of information?)
As of May 1973, 1.5 million copies had been sold.
8 Sales figures by year? (source and date of information?)
9 Advertising copy (transcribe significant excerpts, briefly identify where ads were placed)
10 JPEG image of sample advertisement, if available
11 Other promotion
12 Performances in other media? If so, list media, date, title, production information; if not, enter N/A
Adapted into a play by Roland Fernand, "Dear and Glorious Physician".
13 Translations? If translated, give standard bibliographic information for each translation. If none, enter N/A
Author: Taylor Caldwell Title: Meeico de homens e de almas Location : Rio de Jeniero, 1985 Translator: Aydano Arruda
14 Serialization? If serialized, give standard bibliographic information for serial publication. If none, enter N/A
N/A
15 Sequels/Prequels? Give standard bibliographic information for each. If none, enter N/A
N/A
Assignment 3: Biographical Sketch of the Author
1 Paste your biographical sketch here (maximum 500 words)
Janet Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England on September 7th, 1900. She soon moved with her family to the United States in 1907. There, she served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1918-1919. In 1919, she married her first husband, William F. Combs, and remained married to him until 1931. Caldwell was married three more times, the second time to Marcus Reback, the third time to a Mr. Stancell (first name unable to find), and the fourth and final time, to William Robert Prestie. Although she began writing when she was only eight years old, her first published novel was not until 1938, at the age of 37. Incidentally, she wrote her first to works, Dynasty of Death (1938) and The Eagles Gather (1940) under the male pseudonym Max Reiner. In 1931, Caldwell graduated from the University of Buffalo in New York. During the course of her lifetime, she wrote an estimated 39 books and sold over 30 million copies during her 43-year career. Many of her novels reflected her interest in religious subject matter. A list of her works include DYNASTY OF DEATH in 1938, THE EAGLES GATHER (1940), TIME NO LONGER (1941), THE EARTH IS THE LORD'S (1941), THE STRONG CITY (1942), THE ARM AND DARKNESS (1943), THE TURNBULLS (1943), THE FINAL HOUR (1944), THE WIDE HOUSE (1945), THIS SIDE OF INNOCENCE (1946), MELISSA (1948), THERE WAS A TIME (1948), LET LOVE COME LAST (1949), THE BALANCE WHEEL (1951), THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1952), MAGGIE - HER MARRIAGE (1953), NEVER VICTORIOUS, NEVER DEFEATED (1954), YOUR SINS AND MINE (1955), TENDER VICTORY (1956), THE SOUND OF THE THUNDER (1958), DEAR AND GLORIOUS PHYSICIAN (1959), THE LISTENER (1960), A PROLOGUE TO LOVE (1962), GRANDMOTHER AND THE PRIESTS (1963), THE LATE CLARA BEAME (1964), A PILLAR OF IRON (1965), WICKED ANGEL (1965), DIALOGUES WITH THE DEVIL (1967), TESTIMONY OF TWO MEN (1968), GREAT LION OF GOD (1970), GROWING UP TOUGH, a memoir (1971), CAPTAINS AND KINGS (1972), TO LOOK AND PASS (1973), GLORY AND THE LIGHTNING (1974), THE ROMANCE OF ATLANTIS (1975), CEREMONY OF THE INNOCENT (1976), I, JUDAS (1977), BRIGHT FLOWS THE RIVER (1978), and ANSWER AS A MAN (1981). In 1980, Caldwell suffered from a stroke that left her without her hearing. She died on August 30th, 1985 at age 84. At the time of her death, she was a resident in Greenwich, Connecticut. Sources Consulted: http://www.thirdlion.com/ATM9.html http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/tcaldwel.htm http://members.tripod.com/~TC_AS/ http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/ngcoba/ca.htm All websites were consulted on 26 October, 2002.
Assignment 4: Reception History
1 Paste contemporary reception history in here (maximum 500 words)
Contemporary reviews for Dear and Glorious Physician that were full of praise were a little hard to find. Several reviewers found this novel to be laboriously long and tedious. Caldwell is also criticized for offering her personal politics too liberally throughout the novel. Although acknowledged for her extensive research on the life of St. Luke, most reviewers seemed to think she would have been better off leaving out the volume of weighty details included in the story. Caldwell takes the reader through the life of St. Luke, starting with his youth and carrying him through the performance of many miracles and trials of faith. Booklist criticizes the work as a "romantic rather than realistic treatment [that]...dwells on the degeneracy of the times in an attempt to draw a parallel between ancient Mediterranean civilization and the present". Others criticized Caldwell for her portrayal of Luke as both unintelligent and a pretty boy. Catholic World paints an uninspiriting picture of the characterization Caldwell offers the reader: "Lucanus strikes this reader, at least, as a rather dimwitted figure, unable to account for his miraculous powers of healing and, even in his attraction to the new religion, a man who acts remarkedly like a twentieth century agnostic... Poor Lucanus has, over these interminable pages, an unhappy career of it. As for his career as evangelist, Miss Caldwell, voluble on all else, remains staunchly mum". On the other hand, Wis Lib Bul offers a more uplifting review of the novel: "Gripping and absorbing reading that illuminates a period and highlights the development of a man being prepared for God's purpose. The sweep and greatness of the story dwarf any defects in style. For all libraries." SOURCES: "Booklist", Jan 1 1959 "Catholic World", Aug 1959 "Wis Lib Bul", Mar 1959 "Book Review Digest", 1959, vol.55
2 Paste subsequent reception history in here (maximum 500 words)
Contemporary reviews for Dear and Glorious Physician that were full of praise were a little hard to find. Several reviewers found this novel to be laboriously long and tedious. Caldwell is also criticized for offering her personal politics too liberally throughout the novel. Although acknowledged for her extensive research on the life of St. Luke, most reviewers seemed to think she would have been better off leaving out the volume of weighty details included in the story. Caldwell takes the reader through the life of St. Luke, starting with his youth and carrying him through the performance of many miracles and trials of faith. Booklist criticizes the work as a "romantic rather than realistic treatment [that]...dwells on the degeneracy of the times in an attempt to draw a parallel between ancient Mediterranean civilization and the present". Others criticized Caldwell for her portrayal of Luke as both unintelligent and a pretty boy. Catholic World paints an uninspiriting picture of the characterization Caldwell offers the reader: "Lucanus strikes this reader, at least, as a rather dimwitted figure, unable to account for his miraculous powers of healing and, even in his attraction to the new religion, a man who acts remarkedly like a twentieth century agnostic... Poor Lucanus has, over these interminable pages, an unhappy career of it. As for his career as evangelist, Miss Caldwell, voluble on all else, remains staunchly mum". On the other hand, Wis Lib Bul offers a more uplifting review of the novel: "Gripping and absorbing reading that illuminates a period and highlights the development of a man being prepared for God's purpose. The sweep and greatness of the story dwarf any defects in style. For all libraries." SOURCES: "Booklist", Jan 1 1959 "Catholic World", Aug 1959 "Wis Lib Bul", Mar 1959 "Book Review Digest", 1959, vol.55
Assignment 5: Critical Analysis
1 Paste your critical analysis in here (maximum 2500 words)
Although Taylor Caldwell, author of Dear and Glorious Physician, was primarily known for her "intricately plotted and suspenseful stories, which depicter family tensions and the development of the U.S. from an agrarian society into a leading industrial state of the world" (1), she also wrote fictional biographies that captured the attention of readers on a wide scale. In this novel, Caldwell writes about the life of Saint Lucanus and the experiences that led him to his life of service and his writing of the Gospel of Luke in the Bible. While many novels gain popularity because of their racy subject matter or from being banned in schools or libraries, other readers are intrigued by comments a novel makes socially or politically. These interests are often influenced by what is going on in the country in these realms as well. During the 1950s, the country was experiencing a social movement led by conservatives with emphasis placed on family and the importance of religion. In fact, the 1950s saw a resurgence of religious movements, arguably since the Enlightenment. Many however, viewed this as simply an aberration from a nation that is invested in keeping church and state separate. Regardless, the majority of the American population is Christian; a less than generous estimate generally pegs around 75% of the population as self-proclaimed Christians, regardless of whether or not they are a practicing member of an established religion or attend church. Therefore, it is not hard to understand why a novel written by someone who has already been established as a best selling author would gain a wide readership, especially during this time of relative religious fervor. Also, while overtly religious books would not necessarily attract a mainstream audience, Caldwell, an author of several other bestsellers, had no religious ties and could be separated from "fanatics". This is another reason why this novel reached a wider audience than a strict historical biography about the life of Saint Luke would have. Further, this novel not only works to reveal the life of Saint Lucanus from a religious perspective, but it also offers weighty commentary on political issues as well as it moves through his life as a "man of medicine". In Caldwell's delving into the ins and outs of Lucanus' political pursuits, the reader sees many of the obstacles he faced and can relate them to contemporary political life. Themes of perseverance, compassion, humility, and humanity that shape this novel also made it a universally appealing work for a wide audience. At a time when the family was an important social focus, these themes were attractive to mainstream readers. Caldwell delves into Lucanus' family life, exploring the ties between families that helped him both gain position and learn from experience the skills that were necessary to become a physician and a follower of Christ. However, it would be a safe assumption to make that the topic of a saint in the bible would not be a generally timeless or national subject of enduring interest. Few people spend time discussing the life and times of Saint Luke, or any other saint for that matter. This is one reason why this novel did not remain on the best selling list for very long. While topics covering wars, scandal, or other events that tend to grab the universal interest of a nation, a long and at times laborious novel on the life of Saint Luke did not. While other novels surrounded by social and political controversy such as To Kill a Mockingbird enjoyed time on the best sellers list in subsequent years, Dear and Glorious Physician contained virtually no inciting claims or subject matter. In a time when civil liberties and the Cold War were at the forefront of American concern, a novel about the life of Saint Luke would not be able to maintain its hold on readers for a long span of time. Ultimately, while Dear and Glorious Physician was at its best a widely read novel, full of well-researched details and rich history, it would not be able to maintain its popularity because it made no lasting impression on the religious world or in the political and social realm. 1 - www.kirjasto.sci.fi/tcaldwell.htm
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