Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 16/03/2023
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A super-accessible super-researched super-biography
Katherine Rundell is best known for her prize-winning children's fiction, but is also a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a writer for the London Re... READ MORE
D Franklin (Glasgow Sauchiehall St)


Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing. In his myriad lives he was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, a priest, an MP - and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language. Along the way he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, was imprisoned for marrying a sixteen-year old girl without her father's consent; struggled to feed a family of ten children; and was often ill and in pain. He was a man who suffered from black surges of misery, yet expressed in his verse many breathtaking impressions of electric joy and love.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571345922
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 292g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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A fascinating and extensively researched biography of John Donne
A fascinating insight into John Donne's life. I have previously enjoyed his romantic poetry particularly 'A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning' to which ther... READ MORE
Karen Venn
Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell
This book is a super read and using author's own words about reading Donne's sermons "a pleasure that is also work". The book is backed with so much fascin... READ MORE
Thoughtful, incisive, revealing and superbly readable.
I loved this book. It covers the themes that defined Donne and the many sides to this brilliant poet. This is not a bio in that it doesn’t move chronol... READ MORE
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