The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works

Paperback Classic, Modern, Penguin

Translated by A. C. Spearing, Notes by A. C. Spearing

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140447628
  • ISBN 13: 9780140447620
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: notes, further reading
  • Sales rank: 57,630

Product description

Contains The Cloud of Unknowing, The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The Book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer. Against a tradition of devotional writings which focussed on knowing God through Christ's Passion and his humanity, these texts describe a transcendent God who exists beyond human knowledge and human language. These four texts are at the heart of medival mystical theology in their call for contemplation, calm, and above all, love, as the way to understand the Divine.

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The identity of the author of The Cloud of Unknowing is not known, but he was undoubtedly an English priest who lived during the latter half of the 14th century. A. C. Spearing is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He has published widely on medieval literature and has translated Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love for Penguin Classics.