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William Wilberforce Biographies – A Reading Guide

This week marks the birthday of British abolitionist William Wilberforce . Although he is as close as anyone to being regarded as a saint by Evangelicals — and there is a good bit of hagiography that has been written about him — here are five solid William Wilberforce biographies that present a fair picture of the man, his faith, and his political work.

Books by
William Wilberforce

We’ve included excerpts of most of these books via Google Books.

5. The Life of William Wilberforce by His Sons

Robert Isaac Wilberforce /
Samuel Wilberforce

This stout five-volume work is not for the faint of heart, but it is a crucial work with sections taken from Wilberforces own writings, and one that has served to ground all subsequent biographies.

All five volumes are available to download as FREE ebooks through Archive . org:

[ VOLUME 1 ]  [ VOLUME 2 ]  [ VOLUME 3 ]
[ VOLUME 4 ]  [ VOLUME 5 ]


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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