The Hackett edition of Teresa of Avila's spiritual autobiography will prove especially valuable to students of Early Modern Spain, the history of Christian spirituality, and classic women writers. --Theological Book Review
Intent on rendering Teresa into clear modern English, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez have produced a singularly direct yet thoroughly readable version of the great mystic. The translators also provide an Index that is particularly useful for pinpointing Teresa's colorful figures of speech. --Theological Studies
[The] translation renders Teresa's story smoothly and has extensive translators' notes . . . for modern readers, especially those not familiar with the famous mystic. Biblical and thematic indexes also enhance the use of this work for studies of Teresa. The current edition contributes several pages of introduction to Teresa and a breakdown of the book which groups the chapters and summarizes each section. There is also a map, a chronology, and bibliography. In short, this book is ideal for a student of history or theology because it not only gives access to a significant primary source, but has plenty of additional resources. Perhaps an even greater attraction for the student is the price. In more ways than one, this book puts the story of this extraordinary figure within reach. --Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History
From the Back Cover
The Hackett edition of Teresa of Avila's spiritual autobiography features Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez's authoritative translation of The Book of Her Life with a new Introduction by Jodi Bilinkoff that will prove especially valuable to students of Early Modern Spain, the history of Christian spirituality, and classic women writers. A map, chronology, and index are also included.
Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D. are translators of The Collected Works of Saint Teresa of Avila and The Collected Works of Saint John of the Cross, both published by the Institute of Carmelite Studies.
Jodi Bilinkoff is Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and author of Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750 (2005) and The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth Century City (1989), both published by Cornell University Press.