978-0-8021-3729-6 • $18.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2000
Philosopher, theologian, critic, sociologist, political activist—Simone Weil was among the foremost thinkers of our time. Best known in this country for her theological writing, Weil wrote on a great variety of subjects ranging from classical philosophy and poetry, to modern labor, to the power of words in political discourse. The present anthology offers a generous collection of her work, including essays never before translated into English, many of which have long been out of print. It amply confirms Elizabeth Hardwick’s words that Simone Weil was “one of the most brilliant mind of twentieth-century France” and “a woman of transcendent intellectual gifts and the widest learning.” A long-time Weil scholar, Siân Miles has selected essays representative of the wide sweep of Weil’s work and provides a superb introduction that places Weil’s work in context of her life and times.