New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939. First edition. Octavo, original navy cloth, black foil spine label, gold foil dust jacket. About-fine book with a near-fine dust jacket with only minor creasing. Item #337
"LOYOLA HAD TAUGHT THEM: THE INDIVIDUAL IS NOTHING, THE MOVEMENT ALL. THE CHRISTIAN DEPARTS WITHOUT CONSOLATION. LIFE GOES ON"
First American edition of this engaging life of the Founder of the Society of Jesus, written by an exile from Hitler's Germany and published on the eve of the Second World War. "Marcuse is the first man who has succeeded in making Loyola and his life, which heretofore seemed merely episodic, become the stuff of which drama is made." (Lion Feuchtwanger). Ludwig Marcuse fled Germany on March 1, 1933, the day after the Reichstag fire, when Hitler began to consolidate power. Marcuse settled first in France before fleeing again, this time for Los Angeles, where he lived from 1940 to 1950. Marcuse completed his biography of Loyola in 1935 and it was initially published, in German, in Amsterdam. This novelistic biography of the first Jesuit was translated by Christopher Lazare and published without footnotes, a bibliography, or an index. The book is clad in a striking gold foil dust jacket, matched by the black foil label on the spine of the book.