The Confessions of St. Augustine – Bishop of Hippo Saint Augustine
The Confessions of St. Augustine – Confessions (Latin: Confessiones) is the name of an autobiographical work, consisting of 13 books, by Saint Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between AD 397 and 400. The work outlines Saint Augustine’s sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity. Modern English translations of it are sometimes published under the title The Confessions of Saint Augustine in order to distinguish the book from other books with similar titles. Its original title was Confessions in Thirteen Books, and it was composed to be read out loud with each book being a complete unit.
Confessions is generally considered one of Augustine’s most important texts. It is widely seen as the first Western autobiography ever written, and was an influential model for Christian writers throughout the Middle Ages. Professor Henry Chadwick wrote that Confessions will “always rank among the great masterpieces of western literature”.
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
The one-star reviews appearing here that complain of incompleteness and bad formatting in the Kindle format point up a grievous defect in Amazon’s review software that I have noticed before with respect to other multi-edition books. It makes me grind my teeth.
The criticisms do not, in fact, pertain to the edition here, containing Monsignor Ryan’s 1959 translation. (I suspect they have to do with the edition containing Henry Chadwick’s translation, but I’m not sure. They may appear everywhere, for all I know.)
The Image Classics (Doubleday) edition is complete, containing all 13 books, and is very well set-up. It includes clickable end notes.
My comments here imply nothing about the relative merits of the translations, of course. Also, I’ve awarded this edition five stars basically because I had to do something on the star front! I have not yet read the entire thing.
Augustine of Hippo (13 November 354 – 28 August 430), also known as Saint Augustine, Saint Austin, Blessed Augustine, and the Doctor of Grace, was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius (modern-day Annaba, Algeria), located in Numidia, Roman province of Africa. He is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. Among his most important works are The City of God and Confessions.
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