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Frances Yates and the HermeticTradition


Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition by Marjorie G. Jones

Charlie Byrne’s has just received limited copies of Marjorie G. Jones’ autobiographical look at Frances Yates one of the few female Renaissance scholars of the mid-twentieth century. 

This is the first full-length biography of Frances Yates, one of the most extraordinary women scholars of the twentieth century – the British historian and intellectual who penned the acclaimed work Giordano Bruno and The Hermetic Tradition. Yates’ The Art of Memory is one of the most influential nonfiction books of the past one hundred years. Mercy College professor and historian Marjorie Jones has written a fascinating life story of this ground-breaking Renaissance scholar.

Set against the backdrop of one of the most crucial and stimulating periods of modern  culture, Jones explores Yates’ unique life and career as a Warburg Institute scholar. Excerpts from Yates’ diary and writings illuminate the rarefied intellectual climate of her time, and bring the reader into the life of other researchers and women scholars and writers. Yates’ personal papers created an intimate portrait of a real flesh and blood woman living in a time of tragedy and hope. Frances Yates’ revolutionary method of viewing history, literature, art, and theater as integral parts of the broader cultural picture did much to shape modern interdisciplinary approaches to history and literary criticism.

This comprehensive and unusual novel is available in Charlie Byrne’s for the bargain price of only €8 reduced from €25! Make sure you pop in and grab a copy or simply contact us to reserve yours today!

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