Hopkins: A Literary Biography

Hopkins: A Literary Biography

by Norman White, Gerard Manley Hopkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 019818350X

ISBN-13: 9780198183501

Pub. Date: 06/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

'To seem the stranger lies my lot, my life / Among strangers': so begins one of the darkest and most overtly autobiographical of Hopkins's poems, written in Ireland a few years before his death. In this major new biography, more deeply researched, fully documented, and comprehensive than any before it, Norman White uses the intimate evidence of the poems, letters, and…  See more details below

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'To seem the stranger lies my lot, my life / Among strangers': so begins one of the darkest and most overtly autobiographical of Hopkins's poems, written in Ireland a few years before his death. In this major new biography, more deeply researched, fully documented, and comprehensive than any before it, Norman White uses the intimate evidence of the poems, letters, and journals, his personal knowledge of the places where Hopkins lived, and all surviving documentary records, to explore the life of the priest-poet who constantly felt himself 'the stranger' in his world. It was more than just the enforced restlessness of his life following his conversion and the decision at twenty-four to become a Jesuit--through Hopkins's writings again and again reveal his responsiveness to place, and his poignant sense of having no true home. His inner life was also an unresolved search for answers to his own difficult temperament: a series of crises, in fact, to which his responses were typically extreme, and ultimately unsatisfying. His vivid apprehension of beauty and particularity--in language, in the characters of men, in natural things, in what he perceived as the nature of Christ--was fuelled as much by longing as by calm assurance of belief. It is just this that makes him a supreme poet not only of nature but of the religious condition: the experience of both faith and despair. Norman White investigates Hopkins's background and Oxford student life, and the Roman Catholic world which he entered, carefully and without prejudgements, setting his development and the movement of his thought against the background of Victorian England. The turmoil of Hopkins's strange personality is fully explored, as is the effect of his austere profession on his highly original writings--the journals and poems that are among the most remarkable works of literature in the English language.

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ISBN-13:
9780198183501
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Sales rank:
511,530
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Chronological Table I: Life
Chronological Table II: Major Poems
Pt. IThe Boy, 1844-1863
1Kate Smith and Manley Hopkins3
2Stratford10
3Hampstead14
4Highgate24
Pt. IIThe Student, 1863-1868
5Balliol College39
6Freshman Allegiances51
7Vital Truths of Nature: Hopkins and Ruskin68
8Useful Information80
9Studies91
10Dolben106
11Religion122
12Perversion and Estrangement134
13Decision: Bovey Tracey and Birmingham147
14Swiss Swan-Song162
Pt. IIIThe Jesuit, 1868-1874
15Novitiate: Roehampton, 1868-1870171
16Philosophate: St Mary's Hall, 1870-1873188
17Seascapes: The Isle of Man203
18Teaching: London and Devon, 1873-1874215
Pt. IVThe Poet, 1874-1877
19St Beuno's231
20Welsh and Wells241
21'The Wreck of the Deutschland'250
22'Light, amid the encircling gloom'261
23'In my salad days, in my Welsh days'277
Pt. VFortune's Football, 1877-1884
24'Cobweb, soapsud, and frost-feather permanence': Mount St Mary's, Stonyhurst, Farm Street, Oxford, 1877-1879293
25'So fagged, so harried and gallied up and down': Bedford Leigh, Liverpool, Glasgow, 1879-1881315
26'Surely one vocation cannot destroy another?': Roehampton Tertianship and Stonyhurst, 1881-1883330
27'Careful and subtle fault-finding': Patmore and Hopkins344
Pt. VIThe Stranger, 1884-1889
28An Irish Row357
29'Dapple at end'378
30'Dark not day'398
31Sanctuaries410
32'What shall I do for the land that bred me?'429
33'I wish then for death'444
Post Mortem458
Abbreviations used in the Notes467
Notes469
Select Bibliography511
Index523

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