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The unusual lifetime of Raissa Oumansov Maritain presents the framework for this primary booklength research of her writing and event as a Catholic contemplative on the planet. targeting the advance of Raissa's non secular existence with regards to her fulfillment as a author, Professor Judith Suther follows Raissa and her husband Jacques from Paris on the flip of the century to Princeton, the place they lived from 1940 till Raissa's loss of life in 1960. Divided into 3 components, Raissa Maritain opens with the mandatory history to an knowing of Raissa's later lifestyles and paintings, then strikes directly to half II to a dialogue of her contributions to the so-called Catholic Renaissance of the Twenties and 30s; her tireless repudiation of the positivism she and Jacques had encountered as scholars on the Sorbonne; her half in developing the Thomist learn teams which the Maritains hosted at Versailles and Meudon; and the mostly deepest advancements of her writing in prose and poetry. half 3 strains the Maritains' expatriation in manhattan, Rome, and Princeton, and examines Raissa's so much fruitful years as a author. all through, Professor Suther attracts on formerly unmined assets to elucidate sure difficulties that experience lengthy careworn, , or even embarrassed neighbors and admirers of the Maritains. those difficulties contain the relatives of Raissa and Jacques together with her mom and dad and his mom, their vows of chastity and their marriage blanc, Jacques' acquiescence in her alleged hypochondria, and the authenticity of her obvious mystical experiences.

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