- Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
- Format: Paperback | 424 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 198mm x 32mm | 381g
- Publication date: 1 October 1981
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0374516642
- ISBN 13: 9780374516642
- Edition statement: First.
- Sales rank: 160,579
"King Jesus, " long out of print, is one of the most controversial historical novels of all time. In it, Robert Graves has summoned his superb narrative powers, his painstaking scholarship, his wit and unsurpassed ability to recreate the past, to produce a magnificant portrayal of the life of Christ on earth.
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Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic. His many books include the historical novels "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God, " the autobiography "Good-bye to All That," and the mythic/literary studies "The White Goddess" and "The Greek Myths."
"My solution to the problem of Jesus's nativity implies a rejection of tke mystical Virgin Birth doctrine, which no longer has the same force in religious polemics as it had in Justin's day; to the mass of people nowadays the choice is between a Jesus bom in the ordinary course ofnature and one as mythical as Perseus and Prometheus."--From the Author's Commentary "This is not reading for the easily shocked; it definitely presents Jesus as a sage and a poet, if not divine. It moves, as does all Mr. Graves' writing, at a brilliant fast pace, and with a tremendous style."--"Kikus Reviews " "Mr. Graves is a poet; both the knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as child, boy, and man. The book is a bold speculative adventure."--Harold Brighouse, "Manchester Guardian "