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Title:
Out of my life and thought : an autobiography
Author:
Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965.
Uniform Title:
Aus meinem Leben und Denken. English
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xii, 272 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Aus meinem Leben und Denken.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805014679
Format :
Book

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"Shatters the old myth and allows us to glimpse the real Albert Schweitzer, a man whose moral example is as relevant and compelling in the 1990s as it was in the 1930s on first publication. Eloquent and heartfelt." -- Los Angeles Times


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Booklist Review

This fascinating volume is the autobiography of the world-famous missionary doctor, organist, philosopher, theologian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, newly translated, researched, and corrected on the basis of recently discovered material. Covering the period from childhood to his missionary hospital days in Equatorial Africa, Schweitzer himself reflects upon the many stages and skills of his life as well as the facets of his personality. He ruminates on such things as religion, philosophy, the arts, and his principle of "Reverence for Life, which can motivate us to return to a civilization that is determined by humanism." Complete with photographs and a useful chronology of Schweitzer's life, this timely book will be a welcome addition to public library collections. ~--Sheila McGinn-Moorer


Publisher's Weekly Review

Even in our cynical age, the legendary story of jungle doctor Albert Schweitzer, self-sacrificingly devoted to the service of humanity, inspires. Out of print since the early 1970s, his classic autobiography, first published in 1933, speaks directly to modern readers in its searching appraisal of this ``period of spiritual decline for mankind,'' an age in which science, technology and power seem divorced from ethical standards. In earnest prose Schweitzer discusses his research into primitive Christianity and his search for the historical Jesus; his love of Bach, ``poet and painter in sound''; his fancy for rebuilding old church organs. His philosophy, which he called ``Reverence for Life,'' blends mysticism and rationalism, with an impulse to release the ``active ethic'' he sees latent in Christianity. For this fluid new translation, Schweitzer's own corrections made between original publication and 1960 have been incorporated. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved