Waiting for God Additional Summary

Simone Weil


(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Sources for Further Study

Cabaud, Jacques. Simone Weil: A Fellowship in Love. New York: Channel Press, 1964. Based on careful research and extensive interviews, this biographical account, with its numerous revealing photographs, provides a vivid picture of the dedicated but tortured life of Weil.

Doering, E. Jane, and Eric O. Springsted, eds. The Christian Platonism of Simone Weil. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004. A collection of essays on Weil’s Christian Platonism. Bibliography, index.

Fiedler, Leslie A. Introduction to Waiting for God, by Simone Weil. New York: Harper & Row, 1973. Fiedler, of Montana State University, provides an excellent introduction in an edition that also includes letters, essays, and a biographical note translated from the French edition.

Panichas, George A., ed. The Simone Weil Reader. New York: David McKay, 1977. A well-produced, representative selection of Weil’s writings.

Perrin, Joseph Marie, and G. Thibon. Simone Weil as We Knew Her. Translated by Emma Craufurd. New York: Routledge, 2003. Includes an introduction by J. P. Little; bibliography.

Pétrement, Simone. Simone Weil: A Life. Translated from the French by Raymond Rosenthal. New York: Pantheon Books, 1976. A monumental biography by one of Weil’s closest friends, who as a doctor of philosophy and letters was well equipped to handle the sometimes elusive thought of Simone Weil. A detailed biographical account, with many photographs.

Rees, Richard. Simone Weil: A Sketch for a Portrait. Preface by Harry T. Moore. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1966. Sir Richard Rees’s account of Weil’s life emphasizes her ideas in an intelligent and sympathetic way.

Weil, Simone. The Need for Roots. Translated by Arthur Wills with a preface by T. S. Eliot. New York: Putnam, 1952. Published in French as L’Enracinement (Gallimard, 1949), this is a thoughtful but not always successful attempt to develop a Christian social ethics, particularly aimed at France.

Weil, Simone. Notebooks. Translated by Arthur Wills. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956. Reflects the original and inquisitive intellect of Simone Weil.