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  • Published: 1 January 1964
  • ISBN: 9780140440737
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $25.00
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The Life of St Teresa of Avila by Herself



One of the most influential - and best loved - spiritual autobiographies

Born in the Castilian town of Ávila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation when she was twenty-one. Tormented by illness, doubts and self-recrimination, she gradually came to recognize the power of prayer and contemplation - her spiritual enlightenment was intensified by many visions and mystical experiences, including the piercing of her heart by a spear of divine love. She went on to found seventeen Carmelite monasteries throughout Spain. Teresa always denied her own saintliness, however, saying in a letter: 'There is no suggestion of that nonsense about my supposed sanctity.' This frank account is one of the great stories of a religious life and a literary masterpiece - after Don Quixote, it is Spain's most widely read prose classic.

  • Published: 1 January 1964
  • ISBN: 9780140440737
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $25.00
Categories:

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