In this lucid and lively account, Peter Stanford traces the idea of the Devilthrough the ages. He casts a wide net, exploring Christianity, literature andthe arts, folklore, psychology and history. 2 cassettes.
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"Though this biography is definitely unauthorized," Peter Stanford writes in his preface, "and the subject has not cooperated -- as far as I am aware -- I did at least manage to track down not one but three exorcists." We're used to seeing entertaining biographies of the famous, but here's something new: a very readable biography of the most infamous of all, the Devil himself. Peter Stanford presents a great amount of historical and scholarly material, yet manages to do so in a witty and highly intelligent style that keeps the reader turning the pages. From early Mesopotamia through the long history of Christianity, from medieval witch hunts to today's heavy metal rockers and Satanic cults, Stanford manages to, as he puts it, present a "very personal exploration of the highs and lows of the Devil's influence."From AudioFile:
As if in answer to Jack Miles's superb, Pulitzer-winning God: A Biography comes this fascinating volume. Whereas Miles examined God as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, Stanford traces the development of the Father of Lies through pagan and canonical sources. Howard gives an intelligent, rhythmic, slightly effete rendering, which emphasizes the author's eloquence, as well as his judgment and erudition. One suspects that a lighter touch and a soupćon of humor would have yielded a closer match to the author's intent; even so, this is a stimulating text lucidly read. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Transworld Unknown, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. 7.87x5.12x0.87 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099465566
Book Description Arrow, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099465566