Confessions (Penguin Black Classics Series)
'[Wills] renders Augustine's famous and influential text in direct language with all the spirited wordplay and poetic strength intact.' - Los Angeles Times Garry Wills, preeminent thinker and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, has long been fascinated with one of the most...
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'[Wills] renders Augustine's famous and influential text in direct language with all the spirited wordplay and poetic strength intact.'
- Los Angeles Times
Garry Wills, preeminent thinker and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, has long been fascinated with one of the most rigorous and spiritual philosophers in history: Augustine, the bishop of Hippo. Removed by time and place but not spiritual relevance, Augustine's Confessions continues to influence contemporary religion, language, and thought. Reading with fresh, keen eyes, Wills has brought his superb gifts of analysis and insight to this ambitious and critically acclaimed translation of Augustine's classic text, provoking James Woods to declare, 'Augustine flourishes in Wills's hands' (London Review of Books).
'[Wills's] translations ... are meant to bring Augustine straight into our own minds; and they succeed. Well-known passages, over which my eyes have often gazed, spring to life again from Wills's pages.'
- Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books
Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Tagasta, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. He soon turned to Christianity and was baptized in 386. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396, His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Church. Augustine died on August 28, 430AD.