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A PIERCING LIGHT: BEAUTY, FAITH AND HUMAN TRANSCENDENCE. Ed. by James M. Jacobs. American Maritain Association, Washington, D.C., 2015. Distributed by Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C. 326 pp. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2014-24669 ISBN 9780982711972 In English.
Publisher's description: The meeting of Jacques Maritain and the avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau in the summer of 1925 produced two significant results: Cocteau returned to his Catholic faith, and it led the poet and the philosopher to exchange letters reflecting on the relationship between art and faith. While Cocteau proclaimed that the spiritual nature of art orders man to God, Maritain tempers his new friends enthusiasm in asserting, "Between the world of poetry and that of sainthood there exists an analogical relation... All errors come from the fact that people misread this analogy: some swell the similarity, mixing poetry and mysticism; others weaken it, making poetry out to be a craft, a mechanical art."
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164529
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