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The Nazarene Gospel Restored
Edited by John Presley
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Price: GBP£ 45.00
ISBN: 978 1 857546 67 5
Categories: 20th Century
Imprint: Carcanet Fiction
Published: December 2010
216 x 135 x 53 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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
The Nazarene Gospel Restored
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
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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