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Elaine Pagels writing personal book on religion

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May 2, 2014 10:30 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK (AP) — The next book by prize-winning religious scholar Elaine Pagels will be personal.

Pagels has an agreement with Ecco for "Why Religion?" in which she draws upon her own life to write about faith. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced the deal Friday. It has scheduled the book for release in 2018.

The 71-year-old Pagels won the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle prize for "The Gnostic Gospels," a best-seller published in 1979 and ranked by the Modern Library as among the hundred best nonfiction books of the 20th century. She is also known for "Adam, Eve and the Serpent" and "Beyond Belief."