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Superinfinite: The Unique John Donne
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Superinfinite: The Unique John Donne (Hardback)

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John Donne led myriad lives. He was a lawyer, a sea adventurer, a preacher, an MP, and a poet. Along the way he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism. He was also imprisoned for marrying a 16-year old girl without her father's consent; struggled to feed a family of twelve 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.



In a biography that marks the arrival of a huge non-fiction talent, Katherine Rundell uses a witty and spirited entry point, an 'act of evangelism' to unveil the man behind the words. Donne preached sermons that drew vast crowds; this was a man with a rhetorical power to which in response people would push forward as if at a football match: at one reading, two people were nearly crushed to death. He knew how to harness language into something new.



Fleet-footed in style and deep-rooted in scholarly insight, Superinifinite is the portrait of John Donne that we need; a vivid excavation into his extraordinary life, his obsessions, his times, his work; and what his unique life can tell us about our lives now.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poets Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 03/02/2022 ISBN-13: 9780571345915  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Katherine Rundell grew up in London, Zimbabwe and Belgium. She is the youngest female scholar to be made a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her award-winning and bestselling books for children have been translated into thirty languages and have multiple awards. Rundell is also the author of a book for adults Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old And Wise. She is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.

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