Saint Augustine: A Life

Saint Augustine: A Life

by Garry Wills


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Look out for a new book from Garry Wills, What The Qur'an Meant, coming fall 2017.

Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills brings the same fresh scholarship, lively prose, and critical appreciation that characterize his well-known books on religion and American history to this outstanding biography of one of the most influential Christian philosophers.


Saint Augustine follows its subject from his youth in fourth-century Africa to his conversion and subsequent development as a theologian. It challenges the widely held misconceptions about Augustine’s sexual excesses and shows how, in embracing classical philosophy, Augustine managed to enlist “pagan authors” in the defense of Christianity. The result is a biography that makes a spiritual ancestor feel like our contemporary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143035985
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/16/2005
Series: Penguin Lives Biographies
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 646,518
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus MeantPapal SinWhy I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1934

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, GA


St. Louis University, B.A., 1957; Xavier University, M.A., 1958; Yale University, Ph.D., 1961

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"The writing is exceptional throughout—rich with funny and surprising detail." —Chicago Tribune

"A swift and invigorating read." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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