London: Burns & Oates, 1960. First British edition. Octavo, original silver blue cloth, original dust jacket. Light offsetting to free front endpaper from laid-in newspaper article. Fine. Item #224
First British edition of the translation of Edith Stein's last book, completed shortly before her arrest, deportation, and death at Auschwitz in the summer of 1942. After studying with Edmund Husserl and earning a doctorate at the age of 23, Stein became a Catholic against the will of her family and entered a Carmelite convent in Cologne in 1934. She took the name Sister Teresa Benedicta but as a Jewish-Christian she was still forced to flee to Holland after the Jewish persecutions intensified in 1938. "In 1940 the Nazi's occupied Holland. Despite her cloistered status, Stein was required to wear the Yellow Star of David on her habit. Soon the deportations began. All the while Stein hurried to finish her study of the mystical theology of St. John of the Cross." (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). Stein was arrested and deported along with her sister Rosa in August, 1942. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1989, to great controversy. Stein's study of John of the Cross is composed of three parts: I. The Message of the Cross, II. The Doctrine of the Cross, III. The Imitation of the Cross (fragment). Edited by Dr. L. Gelber and Fr. Romaeus Leuven O.C.D. Translated by Hilda Graef, shortly after her own book The Scholar and the Cross: The Life and Work of Edith Stein introduced Stein to the English-speaking world. With Graef's Translator's Preface, dated "Oxford/Feast of St. John of the Cross, 1957." Her newspaper article on Stein, clipped from the Catholic Herald in 1960 is laid-in. Approbations.