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Son of man : great writing about Jesus Christ
Willis, Clint.
Publication Information:
New York : Thunder Mouth Press, [2002]

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xvi, 395 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"An Adrenaline book"--T.p. verso.

"A Balliett & Fitzgerald book"--T.p. verso.
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Son of Man collects some of the very best work -- the most interesting, exciting, and well-written essays, fiction, and other writing -- about Jesus. It's above all a book of good reading by good writers: storytellers such as Robert Graves (King Jesus), Philip Roth (The Conversion of the Jews), and Anthony Burgess (Jesus of Nazareth) as well as popular historians and essayists such as John Dominic Crossan (Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography) and Dwight Goddard (Was Jesus Influenced byBuddhism?). This book offers a multi-faith and fascinating portrait of a great historical figure, from a wide variety of viewpoints.

Author Notes

Robert Graves (also known as Robert Ranke Graves) was born in 1895 in London and served in World War I. Goodbye to All That: an Autobiography (1929), was published at age thirty three, and gave a gritty portrait of his experiences in the trenches. Graves edited out much of the stark reality of the book when he revised it in 1957.

Although his most popular works, I, Claudius (1934) and its sequel, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (1935), were produced for television by the BBC in 1976 and seen in America on Masterpiece Theater, he was also famous as a poet, producing more than 50 volumes of poetry.

Graves was awarded the 1934 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Also a distinguished academic, Graves was a professor of English in Cairo, Egypt, in 1926, a poetry professor at Oxford in the 1960s, and a visiting lecturer at universities in England and the U.S. He wrote translations of Greek and Latin works, literary criticism, and nonfiction works on many other topics, including mythology and poetry. He lived most of his life in Majorca, Spain, and died after a protracted illness in 1985.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The editor of the publisher's "Adrenaline Lives" series, Willis has created a fascinating and challenging anthology of writing about Jesus for a popular audience. His are not at all the expected choices: besides theologians, preachers, and mystics, there are novelists and poets, including Nikos Kazantzakis, D.H. Lawrence, and Henry David Thoreau, as well as more modern names like Jack Miles and John Dominic Crossan. Open-minded readers may well find themselves astonished, uplifted, and educated by Willis's selections. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Philip RothRainer Maria RilkeHeather KingThomas MertonRomulus LinneyNikos KazantzakisReynolds PriceBurton L. MackNicolas NotovitchStephen MitchellKahlil GibranCecily Spencer-Smith PhillimoreJohn Dominic CrossanGregory J. RileyFriedrich NietzscheJack MilesJames CarrollHenry David ThoreauStephen MitchellD. H. LawrenceRudyard Kipling
Photographsp. x
Introductionp. xi
The Conversion of the Jewsp. 1
The Annunciationp. 19
Notes from a Desert Sanctuaryp. 23
from The Seven Storey Mountainp. 39
Old Man Joseph and His Familyp. 51
from The Last Temptation of Christp. 91
from A Palpable Godp. 111
from The Lost Gospelp. 147
from The Unknown Life of Jesus Christp. 155
from The Gospel According to Jesusp. 179
from Jesus the Son of Manp. 201
from By an Unknown Disciplep. 217
from Jesus: A Revolutionary Biographyp. 225
from One Jesus, Many Christsp. 245
from The Anti-Christp. 283
from Christ: A Crisis in the Life of Godp. 301
from Constantine's Swordp. 315
from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Riversp. 339
from The Gospel According to Jesusp. 347
from The Man Who Diedp. 355
The Gardenerp. 379
Acknowledgmentsp. 391
Permissionsp. 392
Bibliographyp. 394