Evelyn Underhill was a writer who did much for the popularisation in this country of the history and practice of contemplative prayer. There is reason to think that accidental, rather than essential, reasons prevented her in the end from what would have been the fulfilment of her life in the Catholic Church, from which her greatest sources of spiritual inspiration derived.
In An Anthology of the Love of God (Mowbrays, 12s. 6d.), page-long extracts from her works are gathered together. Not lon ago a Catholic might have felt the need for such a work, hut today the republication of Catholic mystical texts has proceeded so far that there is less reason to turn to writers. however excellent, who in fact remained separated from the full Truth.