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'This translation is already a classic. It is the translation that has guided three generations of students and readers into a renewed appreciation of the beauty and urgency of a masterpiece of Christian autobiography. This is largely because the translator has caught not only the meaning of Augustines Confessions, but a large measure of its poetry. It makes the Latin sing in English as it did when it came from the pen of Augustine, some sixteen hundred years ago. Deeply rooted in the tradition of which Augustine was himself a principal founder, this translation is not only modern: it is a faithful echo, in a language that has carried throughout the ages, of its authors original passion and disquiet. --Peter Brown
'Saint Augustines Latin presents notable difficulties for translators. And even good English translations have usually dated badly. Frank Sheeds, which I read a mere fifty years ago, still shows no signs of dating. It captures Augustines extraordinary combination of precise statement and poetic evocation as does no other.' --Alasdair MacIntyre
'Augustines sublime Confessions fairly ring with the music of a baroque eloquence, lavish and stately. F. J. Sheeds ear for that music makes this translation a memorable opportunity to hear Augustines voice resonating down the years.' --James ODonnell
383 pages; ISBN 9781603845700
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