The first biography of Alessandra di Rudini in English, this tells the story of the tempestuous voyage of a soul sought by...

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THREE WHITE VEILS FOR SANDRA

The first biography of Alessandra di Rudini in English, this tells the story of the tempestuous voyage of a soul sought by God. The biographer, aware that her material is the stuff of romance with a highspirited and beautiful heroine to set it off, assures us that hers is a historical biography. The three veils of the title refer to Sandra's confirmation, at which she experienced her first religious vision; her marriage, which ended with the death of her non-believer husband, leaving her with two sons who fell victims to tuberculosis; and her profession as a Carmelite nun, which she achieved after resolving the conflict between intellectual pride and the search for faith, restored at Lourdes. The spiritual journey from anguish in unbelief to fulfillment in penance and reparation is primary and central here. We see Sandra in the world which knew her as a highborn beauty, daughter of the former premier of Italy, sought by princes, branded as a mistress of d'Annunzio; we follow her into the convent which knew her as mistress of novices and prioress. A compassionate, at times unconsidered (there are contradictory appraisals) approach to the life of a spirit to whom compromise was meaningless, directed to the Catholic audience.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1956

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956