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The Bible And The Beekeepers Manual

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In Politics and Letters, Raymond Williams comments, in a symptomatic autobiographical moment, that the only books in his parents' house in Pandy were the Bible and the Beekeeper's Manual, apart from a few children's items. The specific issue on which this chapter focuses is the role of religion in Williams's work. For one in whom autobiography seems so close to his written work, religion had about as much importance in Williams's life as it had in his critical writing. The reason for considering Williams and religion is that his work raises a peculiar problem, which is stated as follows: are Christian theology and the Bible forgotten and yet enabling and empowering elements of Williams's thought and work, or has he realised, in dropping religion to a remote moment in the past, that which is implicit in an older and now thoroughly irrelevant religious structure?.

Keywords: autobiography; Beekeeper's Manual; Bible; Christian theology; Raymond Williams



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