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Letters from the earth

[1st ed.]

Published by Harper & Row in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

The eponymous story, “Letters from the Earth,” is a set of eleven letters written by Satan to the archangels Gabriel and Michael about his travels. Satan finds human beliefs about themselves almost insane, pointing out that their conception of heaven leaves out everything humans find most pleasurable in life (particularly sex). He also considers God’s hypocrisies: not forgiving Adam and Eve even though humans are supposed to forgive transgressors; forbidding jealousy but then calling himself a jealous God; killing all the large animals during Noah’s flood even though they weren’t guilty of anything; allowing cruelty and misery to torment the innocent.

Edition Notes

"Bibliographical note": p. 303.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PS1331 .A3 1962

The Physical Object

ix, 303 p.
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