The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis: A New Reading of the 1441 Latin Autograph Manuscript

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The Imitation of Christ has been standard fare in religious training and personal devotion for centuries. Although the language and style of Creasy's translation has been crafted for modern readers, the fervor and power of the original text have not been lost. Includes a new foreword by William C. Creasy. Includes the complete introduction, scriptual references and allusions, and index.

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WILLIAM C. CREASY teaches in the department of English (writing programs) at the University of California, Los Angelos.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin

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