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  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241950753
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $37.00
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Augustine

Conversions and Confessions




A major interpretation of how one of the great figures of Christian history came to write the greatest of all autobiographies

'Give me chastity, but not yet', young Augustine famously prayed to God. The Confessions, his masterpiece, is a classic study of anguish, hesitation and what he believes to be God's intervention. It has inspired philosophers, Christian thinkers and monastic followers, but still leaves readers wondering why Augustine chose to compose a work like none before it. Robin Lane Fox follows him on a brilliantly-described journey through his various conversions and their sequels. He combines the latest scholarship with recently-found letters and sermons by Augustine himself to give a portrait of his subject which is subtly different from previous biographies.

  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241950753
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $37.00
Categories:

About the author

Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox was born in 1946 and educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of New College and University Reader in ancient History. Since 1979 he has been weekly gardening correspondent of the Financial Times. Alexander the Great won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the W.H. Heinemann Award on its first publication in 1973.

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Praise for Augustine

As readable as any historical novel

Anthony Kenny, Literary Review

Explores how a life of casual sin might usefully cede into an anguished state of divine contemplation . . . a comprehensive book likely to become the standard work on Augustine's Confessions in the future

Alexander Larman, Guardian

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