(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Eliade, Mircea 1907–

Known primarily as an eminent historian of religions, Eliade was born in Rumania but now lives in the United States. In addition to numerous books and treatises on religious history, philosophy, yoga, and mysticism, he has written several well-respected novels of ideas. According to Claude Mauriac, Eliade is torn between fantasy and scholarship; however, a concern with contours of time and space and the effect of myth on each unifies his scholarly and creative writings. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 65-68, rev. ed.)