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- ISBN: 9781593082598 | 1593082592
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 3/1/2007
Confessions, bySt. Augustine, is part of theBarnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features ofBarnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest.Barnes & Noble Classicspulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of the first personal histories ever written,The Confessions of St. Augustineoffers more than a gripping narrative of one man's battle against doubt. It is also a brilliant work of theology that helped set the foundation for much of modern Christian thought. In a series of thirteen books,Saint Augustinedisplays a profound and searching intellect as he examines his life: his early memories of growing up in Roman North Africa during the fourth century A.D., his disgusted response to his mother's faith, his agonies and sins as a student, and finally his dramatic conversion in a garden in Milan. Along the way, theConfessionsexplores with great force and artistry the nature of time, mind, and memory, and lays out Augustine's interpretation of the Book of Genesis. Throughout, Augustine's remarkable depth of thinking is matched only by his elegance of expression, which has powerfully moved readers for more than 1500 years. A timeless classic, theConfessionsremains an unforgettable portrait of an individual's struggle for self-definition in the presence of a powerful God. Mark Vesseyis Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author ofLatin Christian Authors in Late Antiquity and Their Textsand co-editor ofAugustine and the Disciplines: Cassiciacum to "Confessions".He has written extensively on the reception of early Christian Latin writings in the Renaissance and later periods.