London: Burns & Oates, 1959. First English translation. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Small inkstamp to top of free front endpaper, short tears to lower folds of the dust jacket. Both the book and the dust jacket are near-fine. Item #392
"THE CULT OF ST. THÈRÉSE OF LISIEUX HAS A HISTORY UNEQUALLED IN RECENT CENTURIES" First edition of the delayed English translation of this biography of the Carmelite sister of the Little Way, a pivotal attempt to discover the real or 'hidden" Thérèse behind the often "honeyed insipidity" clouding the deeper spiritual legacy of the Saint. Ida Görres was involved in elements of the German Youth Movement and had deep roots in the Austro-German church (Father Joseph Ratzinger delivered the eulogy at her requiem at Freiburg Cathedral in 1971). Görres was able to make use of the 1956 critical edition of the four-volume Manuscrits Autobiographiques which included deletions, edits, and additions by Thérèse's sister Pauline.
The biography is divided into several parts: I. The Story and the Problem, II. The Nest, III. The Desert, IV. The Way, V. The Breakthrough, VI. Perfection. VII. The Riddle of Glory. The text concludes "Degerloch, St Joseph's Day, 1957." The Hidden Face includes a frontispiece portrait, captioned: "St.Thèrése of Lisieux, a photograph taken in June, 1897, three months before her death" along with a striking dust jacket reproducing Giacomo Manzù's bronze portrait plaque in Westminster Cathedral. First published in German in 1942 and translated by Richard and Clara Winston. Approbations. A lovely copy.