God's Secretaries: Making the King James Bible

MON, MAY 3, 2004 (1:17)

Author Adam Nicolson discusses his landmark new book, God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible. One of the most amazing works of English prose ever produced, the King James Bible was not the product of one genius, but rather a group of some fifty scholars and clergymen, none of whom left another significant work of lasting literary value. Nicolson’s book examines the intriguing question of how the best-selling and arguably most influential English-language bookof all time could have been created by a committee of relative unknowns, and explores the politics and history surrounding its genesis.

+ BIO: Adam Nicolson

Adam Nicolson is the author of Seamanship, Sea Room, God’s Secretaries, and, most recently, Seize the Fire, about Admiral Nelson and the battle of Trafalgar. He has won both the Somerset Maugham and William Heinemann awards. The son of Nigel Nicolson and the grandson of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, he lives with his family at Sissinghurst Castle.

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