John Donne The Reformed Soul

Stubbs, John

Verlag: Viking, 2006
ISBN 10: 0670915106 / ISBN 13: 9780670915101
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Inhaltsangabe: John Donne's life story is inextricably tied up with the fabric of a society in the throes of religious persecution. His family had long been subject to the terror inflicted upon Catholics under the reign of Elizabeth I, and while his brother languished in prison, and his mother and uncles fled to exile in Europe, Donne was consumed by the question of his own faith and by trying to figure out what it is that connects human beings - and keeps them apart. In his biography of Donne, John Stubbs chronicles not only a long and bitter sectarian conflict, but also the love story of a young couple who broke the rules of their society, and paid the ultimate price. From the raucous streets of late sixteenth-century London to the personal and political intrigues of Donne's family and public life, from the horrors of the Reformation to the delight of Donne's poetry, John Stubbs' book is a vivid, dazzling biography of an extraordinary man, as well as a compelling portrait of England at a time of bewildering transformation.

Rezension: 'Commanding biography' -- Daily Mail

'Extraordinarily accomplished' -- Mail on Sunday

'Highly readable . . . dashing as well as detailed' -- Guardian

'Magnificent . . . excellent . . . remarkable' -- Daily Telegraph

'Rich, generous and capacious' -- Hilary Spurling, Observer

'This remarkable book will reveal Donne to a new generation. It should propel Stubbs into the first rank of biographers' -- Peter Ackroyd, The Times

‘Impressive . . . Fluent, assured and on fire with ideas and
enthusiasm, excels at providing Donne with a living context’
-- Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

‘One of the best literary biographies I have ever read. Fizzing prose . . . [Stubbs] has the authentic dash of Donne himself' -- Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph

‘The best life of Donne which I for one have ever read . . . marvellous’ -- Robert Nye, Literary Review

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Titel: John Donne The Reformed Soul
Verlag: Viking
Erscheinungsdatum: 2006
Einband: Hardcover
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Buchbeschreibung London, Viking, 2006. Cloth. With dustjacket. Hardbound. 8vo. XXVI, 565 pp. (A very good copy). From scholar to buccaneer, from outcast to establishment figure, John Donne emerged as one of the greatest English poets. Following Donne from Plague-ridden streets to palaces, from taverns to the pulpit of St Paul's, John Stubbs's exemplary literary biography (Harold Bloom) is a vivid portrait of an extraordinary writer and his country at a time of bewildering and cruel transformation. John Donne (between 24 January and 19 June 1572 - 31 March 1631) was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and various paradoxes, ironies and dislocations. These features, along with his frequent dramatic or everyday speech rhythms, his tense syntax and his tough eloquence, were both a reaction against the smoothness of conventional Elizabethan poetry and an adaptation into English of European baroque and mannerist techniques. His early career was marked by poetry that bore immense knowledge of British society and he met that knowledge with sharp criticism. Another important theme in Donne’s poetry is the idea of true religion, something that he spent much time considering and about which he often theorized. He wrote secular poems as well as erotic and love poems. He is particularly famous for his mastery of metaphysical conceits. Despite his great education and poetic talents, Donne lived in poverty for several years, relying heavily on wealthy friends. He spent much of the money he inherited during and after his education on womanising, literature, pastimes, and travel. In 1601, Donne secretly married Anne More, with whom he had twelve children. In 1615, he became an Anglican priest, although he did not want to take Anglican orders. He did so because King James I persistently ordered it. In 1621, he was appointed the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London. He also served as a member of parliament in 1601 and in 1614. (booknr: 45060). Artikel-Nr. 45060

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