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Many critics regard the work of Saint John of the Cross (1542-91), the 16th-century mystic, to be among the finest poetry Spain has produced. This bilingual edition, the first in modern English, was originally published in hard cover in 1968 by the Indiana University Press. Most of these poems were written during a period of nine months, in 1577-78, when Saint John (San Juan de la Cruz) was imprisoned and tortured in the dungeon of a small Carmelite monastery in Toledo, and their recurrent motifs are both metaphysical and deeply personal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811204491
ISBN-10: 0811204499
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 132mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1972
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Willis Barnstone

Willis Barnstone is a poet, translator, and religious scholar. Author of The Gnostic Bible, Cafe de l'Aube a Paris (French), and The Restored New Testament, he is a distinguished professor emeritus of comparative literature and biblical studies at Indiana University. He lives in Oakland, California, and in Paris.

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