"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2001|
|Number of Pages:||304|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.75|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.0 x 1.0|
A dozen biographies on Spanish reformer and mystic St. Teresa of Avila (1515-82), were published in English in the 1990s testifying to her enduring attraction. Tracing the indomitable Teresa's own writings, Medwick (an editor at Vogue and House & Garden) recounts the Carmelite nun's efforts to establish new convents throughout Spain while dealing with misunderstandings, illnesses, politics, and treachery. Clear writing in a modern idiom marks this well-researched biography, unencumbered by heavy footnoting.
The author's long admiration for her subject is evident in her deft handling of the saint's many complexities. A map and chronology would have enhanced the text, and the occasional slip (Teresa would not be "saying Mass") is easily overlooked in the wealth of seamless information provided. This is a good introduction to a fascinating personality by a non-Catholic who leaves others to probe Teresa's spirituality and theology more deeply. Recommended for general collections. Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ., Jamaica, NY
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