The Making of a Mystic

The Making of a Mystic : New and Selected Letters of Evelyn Underhill

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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 35.56mm | 317.51g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025203483X
  • 9780252034831

Table of contents

Acknowledgments vi Introduction ix A Note on Editorial Practice xix One The Early Years: 1888-1905 1 Two Toward Mysticism: 1906-10 84 Three A Dark Time: 1911-23 179 Four The Retreat Years: 1924-34 224 Five Worship unto Death: 1935-41 280 Index 353
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Review quote

"[Underhill] reminds us how Christian women of the last century were able to exercise intellectual influence and unofficial leadership with faithfulness and love."--Commonweal "An engaging book."--Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction
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About Evelyn Underhill

Carol Poston is a professor emerita of English and coordinator of women's studies at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. She is the editor of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
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