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The Phoenix of Rennes

The Life and Poetry of John of St. Samson, 1571-1636


Robert A. Stefanotti

Long considered the French John of the Cross, John of St. Samson, the blind Carmelite mystic of Rennes is virtually unknown to the English speaking world. And, more remarkable still, his extensive body of poetry has never been studied in any language. This book presents both the man and his work so that, phoenix-like, he rises up from the ashes of time.