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The Autobiography of Satan: Authorized Edition Paperback – February 21, 2017
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About the Author
William Glasser received his PhD in English, with a minor in Comparative Religions, through the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, his MA in Creative Writing at the University of Florida, and his BA at Harpur College, part of the SUNY system. Dr. Glasser taught for many years at Williams College, Skidmore College, and Trinity College in Hartford. He was also awarded a Senior Fulbright Lectureship and taught American literature to Austrian students for a year at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently, he is President Emeritus of Southern Vermont College. In addition to two books of literary criticism, he has published critical articles, short stories, and poetry in a variety of scholarly and popular journals in the United States, Austria, and South Korea. His last academic book, The Art of Literary Thieving, can be found in the libraries of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and fifty other U.S. universities, including many other institutions in Canada, in European countries, and in the Far East (thank you Google).
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Top Customer Reviews
I realized that fear (religion) was controling me with men's control over women and desided screw them that want to stifle science and women's equal rights. Thus began my enlightment around 1989.
I never knew where the fear for personal sexual gratification came from. I now know; Augustine!
Now I understand where the "Original Sin" came from and why. I have asked so many people and received so many different answers in my much younger dark religious days. The funniest was that Adam and Eve had sex before they were married.
This book was pretty good but it just wasn't what I was expecting overall. It's set up as Satan narrating his life to a scribe named Wag [presumably some kind of low level demon] and there are chapters with little interludes in between where Satan and Wag have little asides about the material that was just covered in the chapter. It's a nice way to break up the book.
As for the actual content, it reads much more like a kind of informal research paper for the most part than a 'story'. There's nothing wrong with this it just wasn't what I was expecting. It's less an 'Autobiography of Satan' and more a 'History of Religion' really. Although Satan does make appearance throughout, he is mostly watching from the sidelines. There were a lot of really good points to made re: religion not encouraging people to think outside of the box and also that many different religions have very similar mythology that they clearly borrowed from each other.
For me, this is pretty much all stuff that I have read before in academic settings so while I enjoyed the book for the most part and agreed with its points, there wasn't much new information in it for me.
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This book was a pretty fun read.Read more