St John of the Cross, His Life and Poetry
Gerald Brenan's study of the Spanish Catholic mystic and poet
First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 233pp.
Gerald Brenan is well known for his expository works on Spanish history and literature, and in his eighties he returned to an early interest in the Spanish mystics to produce this absorbing study of St John of the Cross, one of the foremost of Catholic mystics and poets. The book is perhaps the first in English to combine an objective—but sensitive and lively—account of St John's life with a fresh translation (by Mr Brenan's associate Lynda Nicholson) of his verse.
This copy is in very good condition, with some light tanning and wrinkling to the top edge of the wrapper.