Simone Weil: A Modern Pilgrimage (Radcliffe Biography Series)

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This biography delves into Weil's major quests and obsessions, including her conflicting attitudes toward Judaism and Catholicism, her brilliant social criticism, and radical politics, and her mystical experiences

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Dr. Robert Coles was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume Children of Crisis series. He is professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Harvard Medical School and James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our highest civilian honor, he is also the author of many books.

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"Coles takes up certain themes and passions that preoccupied his subjects, and wrestles with them as one might do with those of any figure who has become a lifelong spiritual companion.... To Dr. Coles, irony and paradox are the very conditions of life, and in Weil he finds much to try to explain. Straight off he confronts her probable suicide and links it with her lifelong aspiration to the condition of hunger, not only as a way of sharing the deprivations of those who suffer, but as a spiritual condition of those who, as she puts it, are `waiting for God.'" -- New York Times Book Review

"The legendary Weil--part saint, part literary genius, part patriot, part mystic--was an intellectual who believed that one must put one's body on the line. In her case, her body was frail, but her will was indomitable. Coles's conversations with Anna Freud about [Simone Weil] are luminous points in a book already filled with passion and light." -- Kirkus Reviews

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