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The Nazarene Gospel Restored

Robert Graves and Joshua Podro

Edited by John Presley

The Nazarene Gospel Restored
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Hardback
ISBN: 978 1 857546 67 5
Categories: 20th Century
Imprint: Carcanet Fiction
Published: December 2010
216 x 135 x 53 mm
1080 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED
    The Nazarene Gospel Restored is Robert Graves’s major work on the life of Jesus, written in collaboration with the distinguished Hebrew scholar Joshua Podro. The research and writing occupied them for over ten years, in a working relationship compounded, in John W. Presley’s phrase, ‘of argument, scholarship and mutual respect’, in which the imaginative writer and the Hebraist drew on their vast knowledge of the ancient world to reveal an extraordinary new, ‘true’ story of Jesus. The result is, as Graves wrote to T.S. Eliot, ‘a very long, very readable, very strange book’, and one that Presley argues is as central to Graves’s thought as The White Goddess. The Nazarene Gospel Restored was controversial when first published: the Church Times refused to advertise it, reviews were hostile, and Graves twice sued for libel. In the twenty-first century it is possible to read it in the context of a continuing engagement with the historical Jesus, both scholarly and popular.

    In this new edition, John W. Presley gives a detailed account of the composition and reception of the book, setting it in the context of Graves’s writing and of biblical scholarship. The inclusion of Graves’s Foreword and annotations for a project revised edition make this an indispensable resource.
    Introduction by John W. Presley
    Note on the Text
    Works Consulted

    The Nazarene Gospel Restored

    Foreword
    Foreword to the Proposed Revised Edition

    Text of the 1953 original British edition

    Appendix: Graves’s notes for a proposed 1970 revised edition of The Nazarene Gospel Restored
    Robert Graves
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic, was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Athough he produced over 100 books he is perhaps best known for the novel I, Claudius (1934), The White Goddess (1948) and Greek Myths (1955). Robert Graves was born in Wimbledon, South ... read more
    Joshua Podro
    Joshua Podro was born Joshua Podrushnik in Russia. After serving in the First World War and working as a journalist in New York he emigrated to England where he ran a press-cuttings agency. In 1936 he was elected one of the secretaries of the British section of the World Jewish Congress ... read more
    John Presley
    John W. Presley is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Professor of English at Illinois State University.He has published almost forty pieces of scholarship on Robert Graves, beginning with his 1976 book The Robert Graves Manuscripts and Letters at Southern Illinois University. His main areas of interest are Graves’s poetry ... read more
    Praise for Robert Graves  'There is eloquence, wit and a formal shapeliness in abundance from first to last.'
    Michael Glover, Financial Times 10/02/01
     'While poetry schools came and went, Graves went on writing until his death in 1985, in an elegant, classically inspired style.'
    Andrew Crumey, Scotland on Sunday 07/01/01
     'No one else offers his precise combination of eroticism, nightmare and epigram.'
    Sean O'Brien, The Guardian 13/01/01
     'Graves experiences in the trenches of the First World War are most vivid and moving.'
    Robert Nye, Scotsman on Sunday, 16/12/00
     'In his attitude to verse he remained a Georgian, an eccentric one.'
    Eric Hester, Catholic Times 20/02/00
     'Graves enshrines his archetypal motifs of obsessive love in legendary contexts from which the contemporary world is resolutely excluded.'
    Mark Ford, The London Review of Books
     'One of the twentieth century's major writers.'
    Richard Foster, Yorkshire Evening Press
     Graves is a poet and a visionary in his prose writings, always stimulating and frequently enlightening.
    Patrick Reilly, The Herald
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