Very Good in Good jacket. B000U37CXK 1957 signed first edition The Julian Press, Inc. (NY), 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches tall grey cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, white and blue design and lettering to spine, 243 pp. Mild bumping to tips. Light edegewear and sun-fading to covers. Inscribed and signed by translator and editor Ira Progoff (simply 'Ira') on front free-endpaper. Otherwise, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked-in an edgeworn dust jacket, nicely preserved in a clear archival sleeve. ~O~ 'The Cloud of Unknowing' is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism originally written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide on contemplative prayer in the late Middle Ages. The underlying message of this work proposes that the only way to truly 'know' God is to abandon all preconceived notions and beliefs or 'knowledge' about God and be courageous enough to surrender your mind and ego to the realm of 'unknowingness, ' at which point one begins to glimpse the true nature of God. The translator of this edition (from the Middle English original to modern English) is Ira Progoff (1921-1998), an American psychotherapist best known for his development of the Intensive Journal Method while at Drew University. His main interest was in depth psychology and particularly the humanistic adaptation of Jungian ideas to the lives of ordinary people. He founded Dialogue House in New York City to help promote this method. Of this work, Ira Progoff writes that the author 'impresses the modern reader again and again with his sharp, profound, amazingly perceptive insights into psychological limitations. '
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