Synopses & Reviews
More an eloquent chronicle of the mind's life than a recital of daily routine, this volume of Mircea Eliade's journal offers a remarkably candid portrait
of a renowned scholar and his work. The entries full of marvelous ideas, outlines for works never written, responses to the works of others, and much
more reveal many rarely glimpsed sides of the private, as well as public, man. What did he really think of the students who came to him for instruction in black magic? What were his private reflections on feminism, student drug use, the sexual revolution, the nature of American scholars and
scholarship? Who were his best friends, why did he enjoy their company, and why did he shun the company of others?
Quite apart from the personal, biographical interest the journal holds, it is a document of cultural and intellectual significance. Eliade remarks on such
colleagues and friends as Jung, Dumezil, Ricoeur, Bellow, and lonesco. Moreover, the period covered encompasses Eliade's most active years as a teacher, and the journal beautifully reflects his developing
views on religion, history, and the nature of academic culture. Bits and pieces of Eliade's past life are juxtaposed with thoughts about ongoing projects
and work yet to be undertaken as well as with anecdotes of his travels and comments on world events.
A genuine treat for Eliade readers and those interested in the history of religions, Journal III provides new perspectives on many of Eliade's other works the History of Religious Ideas, Ordeal by Labyrinththe Autobiography. At the same time the journal is a
mature scholar's record of the aftermath of the 1960s, a turbulent period that profoundly affected American university life. As such, these writings hold
valuable insights into not only the life and work of one man but also the cultural history of an entire era.
More and eloquent chronicle of the mind's life than a recital of daily routine, this volume of Mircea Eliade's journal offers a remarkably candid portrait of a renowned scholar and his work.
About the Author
Mircea Eliade was born in Bucharest in 1907. He was educated at the University of Bucharest, where he received his Ph.D. in 1932, and at the University of Calcutta, where he studied for several years. Eliade's first publications were fiction, and he produced both scholarly works and fiction over the
course of some sixty years of writing. He taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris and lectured at the universities of Rome, Lund, Marburg, Munich,
Frankfurt, Padua, and Strasbourg before settling at the University of Chicago, where he was the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School and professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the time of his death in April, 1986.
He was the author of some fifty books, including novels, short stories, and plays as well as works in the history of religions. His books published by the University of Chicago Press are the three-volume History of Religious Ideas; Ordeal by Labyrinth; The Forge and the Crucible; Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions; The Quest; The Two and the One; Zalmoxis, The Vanishing God; History of Religions (with Joseph Kitagawa); and the novel The Old Man and the Bureaucrats.