The Life of David

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 6, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Poet, warrior, and king, David has loomed large in myth and legend through the centuries, and he continues to haunt our collective imagination, his flaws and inconsistencies making him the most approachable of biblical heroes. Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, plumbs the depths of David’s life: his triumphs and his failures, his charm and his cruelty, his divine destiny and his human humiliations. Drawing on the biblical chronicle of David’s life as well as on the later commentaries and the Psalms—traditionally considered to be David’s own words—Pinsky teases apart the many strands of David’s story and reweaves them into a glorious narrative.

Under the clarifying and captivating light of Pinsky’s erudition and imagination, and his mastery of image and expression, King David—both the man and the idea of the man—is brought brilliantly to life.

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Review: The Life of David

User Review  - Lawrence - Goodreads

One has to understand that this book is about Robert Pinsky's contemplation of the life of King David as reported in the Old Testament. It is not about the life of King David or about the authority of ... Read full review

Review: The Life of David

User Review  - Linda Gaines - Goodreads

I had never even read some of the parts of the historical books that Pinsky comments on. A revealing look at the qualities of David as King, soldier and man. This book is in a series by Jews about Jews. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Robert Pinsky is the author of many books of poetry, including Jersey Rain and The Figured Wheel, and of the award-winning translation The Inferno of Dante. His prose works include The Situation of Poetry and The Sounds of Poetry. He teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University and lives in Massachusetts.

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