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Thérèse of LisieuxGod's Gentle Warrior$
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Thomas R. Nevin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195307216.001.0001

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 Thérèse Writes Her Self

 Thérèse Writes Her Self

(p.161) 5 Thérèse Writes Her Self
Thérèse of Lisieux

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This chapter focuses on Thérèse's account of herself. Thérèse started her autobiography in January 1895. By that time she had already established herself as a kind of writer in residence at the Lisieux Carmel: she had composed fifteen poems for various occasions, such as feast days or the investiture of novices. Some were written on request. She had also composed, in January 1894, the first of two dramas about Jeanne d'Arc. The occasion that prompted her autobiography came casually as she was telling stories about her childhood to her natural sisters. Marie, appreciating Thérèse's narrative gift, with its penchant for mimicry, urged that she write the story of her childhood.

Keywords:   St. Thérèse, autobiography, writing, composition

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