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The Resource Augustine's Confessions : a biography, Garry Wills

Augustine's Confessions : a biography, Garry Wills

Label
Augustine's Confessions : a biography
Title
Augustine's Confessions
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Garry Wills
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"... tells the story of theConfessions--what motivated Augustine to dictate it, how it asks to be read, and the many ways it has been misread in the one-and-a-half millennia since it was composed. Following Wills's biography of Augustine and his translation of theConfessions, this is an unparalleled introduction to one of the most important books in the Christian and Western traditions. Understandably fascinated by the story of Augustine's life, modern readers have largely succumbed to the temptation to read theConfessions as autobiography. But, Wills argues, this is a mistake. The book is not autobiography but rather a long prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, not man. Augustine tells the story of his life not for its own significance but in order to discern how, as a drama of sin and salvation leading to God, it fits into sacred history. "We have to read Augustine as we do Dante," Wills writes, "alert to rich layer upon layer of Scriptural and theological symbolism." Wills also addresses the long afterlife of the book, from controversy in its own time and relative neglect during the Middle Ages to a renewed prominence beginning in the fourteenth century and persisting to today, when theConfessionshas become an object of interest not just for Christians but also historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics"--Book jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
270.2092
Index
index present
LC call number
BR65.A62
LC item number
W55 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Lives of great religious books
Label
Augustine's Confessions : a biography, Garry Wills
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The book's birth -- The book's genre -- The book's African days -- The book's Ambrose -- The book's "conversion" -- The book's baptismal days -- The book's culmination -- The book's afterlife : early reception, later neglect
Control code
sky213838351
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
166 pages
Isbn
9780691143576
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010016452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
ab 03/17
Label
Augustine's Confessions : a biography, Garry Wills
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The book's birth -- The book's genre -- The book's African days -- The book's Ambrose -- The book's "conversion" -- The book's baptismal days -- The book's culmination -- The book's afterlife : early reception, later neglect
Control code
sky213838351
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
166 pages
Isbn
9780691143576
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010016452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
ab 03/17

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