Search Results: "Elaine Pagels"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS by Elaine Pagels
Released: Nov. 26, 1979

"Otherwise a clear, reliable, richly documented guide."
A fine thematic introduction to gnosticism, concentrating on the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi (Upper Egypt) in 1945. Read full book review >

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THE ORIGIN OF SATAN by Elaine Pagels
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"An attractive and scholarly, if not entirely satisfying, presentation of a stimulating thesis."
An NBCC and National Book Awardwinning scholar of Gnosticism and early Christianity argues that the concept of Satan was central to the way apocalyptic Jews and the Christian Church saw—and treated—their enemies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 2012

"Scholarly but widely accessible, the book provides a solid introduction to the one book of the New Testament that claims to be divinely inspired."
Multidimensional reading of "the strangest book in the Bible—and the most controversial." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2003

"A thoughtful and rewarding essay, as we've come to expect from Pagels, and sure to arouse fundamentalist ire."
One person's hagiography is another's heresy, observes biblical scholar Pagels, though that hasn't stopped generations of Christians from trying to reduce the faith to "a single, authorized set of beliefs." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEE & ELAINE by Ann Rower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"The upshot: She doesn't have much of a story, and neither do we."
Rower's second, as dismal as its predecessor (Armed Response, 1995), trades the former's West Coast trappings for the Hamptons as the artist/writer narrator tries desperately to turn the dead wives of rival painters William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock into posthumous friends—and straighten out her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A testament to the need to be heard, and to the restorative power of friendship."
A lonely wife finds solace in friendship. Read full book review >

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AFTER ELAINE by Ann L. Dreyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A likable heroine and a convincing exploration of loss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A few weeks before the end of Gina's fifth-grade year, her angry, difficult older sister skips school and dies in a car accident with another teenager with whom she had been drinking. Read full book review >

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THE TESTIMONY OF DANIEL PAGELS by Vickery Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Don't try this at home, kids."
When his defense of Lawrence Pagels on a murder charge stalls, Edgar Stassen nervously mops his brow and shifts to the wildest legal argument you're ever likely to hear, in fiction or out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 30, 1993

"Written in pedestrian prose—but nonetheless a continually engrossing, if depressing, portrait of an American master. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unvarnished life of ``action painter'' Willem de Kooning and his artist-wife, by Hall (past president of the Rhode Island School of Design; Betty Parsons, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Perhaps only an artist could write about other artists with such genuine curiosity and open-mindedness."
De Kooning (1918-89) was a painter herself, and, in the essays here, she describes art the way artists experience it—the messy, hands-on, tactile experience of painting. Read full book review >