Selected Spiritual Writings

Selected Spiritual Writings

Selected Spiritual Writings

Selected Spiritual Writings

Synopsis

The present selection of the spiritual writings of Nicholas of Cusa in English translation will certainly contribute to the enhancement of the already considerable reputation he has as one of the most original thinkers of the fifteenth century and also to the diffusion of his name.

Excerpt

Behind every book there is a story, and behind a long book, especially one that has occupied years in the making, there is a long story and an equally long list of indebtedness. What is of value in the following volume owes much to the assistance and encouragement of several individuals and to the support of grants and institutions, although they in no way bear responsibility for any of its shortcomings.

I am especially grateful for the support of the libraries of Duke University and of Donn Michael Farris, formerly head librarian of Duke Divinity School; Thomas Izbicki of the Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University; the Cusanus-Bibliothek at the St.‐ Nikolaus-Hospital in Bernkastel-Kues; and the Institut für Cusanus‐ Forschung at Trier. I bear an enduring personal and professional debt to the Institute's late director, Professor Dr. Rudolf Haubst. Grants from the National Endowment of Humanities and from the Board of Trustees, the Graduate Research Council, and the International Studies Program at Appalachian State University made much of the research possible. Specific research assistance from Peter Robbins, Philip Kielty, and particularly Donna Spivey Ellington importantly facilitated the work, as did secretarial support from Brenda Green, Lorraine Childers, and Kathy Issacs. Many thanks also to colleagues and friends who read all or part of the manuscript and offered valuable suggestions: Charles Blanck, Maria Lichtmann, William Strickland, Karen Lohr, and especially my wife and soulful colleague, Shelly Wilson. I am grateful also to members of the American Cusanus Society, who, over the years, have patiently listened to and offered kind critique of sections of this work, especially F. Edward Cranz, Thomas McTighe, Donald Duclow, and Clyde Lee Miller. An older debt be-

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