Pope Joan traces the remarkable history of a young woman who, according to tradition, travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before dying in childbirth.
On the books first publication in Athens in 1886, it created a sensation; it was banned and its author excommunicated. The work became nevertheless soon established itself securely in Greek literature. Subsequently Durrell, with his adaptation, created a masterpiece in its own right. Translated and adapted from the Greek of Emmanuel Royidis
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Lawrence Durrell was born in India and spent most of his working life outside Britain, living in France, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Argentina, and Corfu. A writer of great versatility whose work included drama, poetry, and travel literature, he is probably best known for The Alexandria Quartet, which has become one of the most widely read and influential works of the century.Language Notes:
Text: English, Greek (translation)
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Book Description Peter Owen, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint of the revised edition. 164pp, complete dustjacket in removeable plastic sleeve. Ex library - flyleaf removed, small stamp to title page, otherwise internally very clean. Durrell's adaptation of Royidis' story of a woman who became Pope. Bookseller Inventory # 13858