Saint Augustine was born on November 13th, A.D. 354, in
Tagaste (modern Souk Ahras, Algeria), and died almost seventy-six
years later in Hippo Regius (modern Annaba) on the Mediterranean
coast sixty miles away. In the years between, he devoted himself to
the mastery of the texts of scripture, becoming a formidable
Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
The latest volume in the series "Augustine for the Twenty-First Century," which will offer the first complete translation of all of Augustine's works into English, adds yet another vision of the Confessions to the many already available. The fourth-century bishop of Hippo in North Africa wrote this extended prayer, the first true autobiography, to confess his sins and God's goodness. It has been a standard of spiritual literature ever since. Boulding (Marked for Life, Abingdon, 1996), a Benedictine nun of Stanbrook Abbey, England, offers us a fine, smooth translation that is a pleasure to read. Hers is also the first English translation to use inclusive language. There is a complete index, which greatly enhances the usefulness of this particular volume. For all readers.‘Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.
"[Wills] renders Augustine's famous and influential text in direct language with all the spirited wordplay and poetic strength intact." -Los Angeles Times "[Wills's] translations . . . are meant to bring Augustine straight into our own minds; and they succeed. Well-known passages, over which my eyes have often gazed, spring to life again from Wills's pages." -Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books"Augustine flourishes in Wills's hand." -James Wood"A masterful synthesis of classical philosophy and scriptural erudition." -Chicago Tribune