The Hackett edition of Teresa of Avila's spiritual autobiography features Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez's authoritative translation of The Book of Her Life with a new Introduction by Jodi Bilinkoff that will prove especially valuable to students of Early Modern Spain, the history of Christian spirituality, and classic women writers. A map, chronology, and index are also included.
Intent on rendering Teresa into clear modern English, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez have produced a singularly direct yet thoroughly readable version of the great mystic. The translators also provide an Index that is particularly useful for pinpointing Teresa's colorful figures of speech.
Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D. are translators of The Collected Works of Saint Teresa of Avila and The Collected Works of Saint John of the Cross, both published by the Institute of Carmelite Studies.
Jodi Bilinkoff is Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750 (2005) and The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth Century City (1989), both published by Cornell University Press.