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The unusual lifetime of Raissa Oumansov Maritain presents the framework for this primary booklength research of her writing and adventure as a Catholic contemplative on the planet. targeting the improvement of Raissa's non secular existence relating 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 until eventually Raissa's dying in 1960. Divided into 3 elements, Raissa Maritain opens with the mandatory historical past to an figuring out of Raissa's later existence 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 setting up the Thomist research teams which the Maritains hosted at Versailles and Meudon; and the principally deepest advancements of her writing in prose and poetry. half 3 strains the Maritains' expatriation in ny, 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 pressured, bothered, or even embarrassed neighbors and admirers of the Maritains. those difficulties comprise the family members of Raissa and Jacques along 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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