The History of Hell by Alice K. Turner

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A survey of four thousand years of belief in Hell reveals how religious leaders, poets, painters, and ordinary people--including Homer, Dante, Blake, and Freud--have visualized the den of the Devil. National ad/promo. Tour.
 

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Published October 1, 1993 by Harcourt Brace & Company. 275 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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These days, says Turner, ``hell has become something of an embarrassment.'' Her tour is fast and fun, but by eschewing psychology and theology, she trivializes her subject into a set of colorful comic books with almost no hint of the mythological and metaphysical dynamics involved (the few explan...

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In an arresting journey through the netherworld, Playboy fiction editor Turner explores the landscape and dynamics of Hell as envisioned by writers, artists, theologians and thinkers from Plato and Au

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Publishers Weekly

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In an arresting journey through the netherworld, Playboy fiction editor Turner explores the landscape and dynamics of Hell as envisioned by writers, artists, theologians and thinkers from Plato and Augustine to Milton, Calvin, Byron and T.

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And Turner points out that a rendering of Purgatory by Bosch "looks uncannily like modern descriptions of 'near-death experiences.' " For all of their richness and opulence, the color plates in "The History of Hell" are simply too small, and that's my one big complaint about Turner's book.

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