Augustine's Confessions

Augustine's Confessions

by Garry Wills
     
 

"Garry Wills rescues Augustine's Confessions from its posterity, peeling away layer after layer of anachronistic reactions to the text and providing an invaluable aid to readers. A master restorer, Wills gives us a picture carefully cleaned of a millennium-and-a-half of varnish. More than that: he helps us appreciate what the original colors actually

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"Garry Wills rescues Augustine's Confessions from its posterity, peeling away layer after layer of anachronistic reactions to the text and providing an invaluable aid to readers. A master restorer, Wills gives us a picture carefully cleaned of a millennium-and-a-half of varnish. More than that: he helps us appreciate what the original colors actually meant to those who first made contact with Augustine's strange book. This is vintage Wills—punchy, clear, well-argued, and beautifully translated, both linguistically and culturally."—Peter Brown, Princeton University, author of Augustine of Hippo: A Biography

"This is a sensitive, informed, and just appreciation of and introduction to the Confessions. It does justice both to the appealing narrative of sin and fall that preoccupies most readers and to the more complicated structure and ending of the whole work. Few books on the Confessions rival the excellence or concision of this one."—James J. O'Donnell, Georgetown University, author of Augustine: A New Biography

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691143576
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Series:
Lives of Great Religious Books Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
582,585
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Translation vii

Chapter 1: The Book's Birth 1

Chapter 2 :The Book's Genre 17

Chapter 3: The Book's African Days 26

Chapter 4: The Book's Ambrose 41

Chapter 5: The Book's "Conversion" 58

Chapter 6: The Book's Baptismal Days 78

Chapter 7: The Book's Hinge 98

Chapter 8: The Book's Culmination 112

Chapter 9: The Book's Afterlife: Early

Reception, Later Neglect 133

Notes 149

Basic Readings 155

Index 157

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