John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography by John Stubbs
"Elegantly written, psychologically and historically astute."—Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFrom 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.
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About the Author
John Stubbs studied English at Oxford and Renaissance literature at Cambridge, where he completed a doctorate. John Donne was awarded a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award and shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. Stubbs lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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I have returned to Donne's poems on and off for the past 30 years, but never taken the time to get to know the man behind the work. The poet's life is fascinating in itself and Stubbs' makes excellent use of it in a book that is a pleasure to read. It led me to Donne's later, religious poems, which I (like many others) tended to ignore, but no more. It is now obvious how directly they evolved out of his mystical eroticism. If you like Donne's poems, buy the book. It will enhance your pleasure. The only criticism I might make is that Stubbs clearly is on Donne's side--he genuinely likes the man and perhaps makes more allowances than he should. But the poet does seem to be one of those rare figures who looks more attractive the more you know about him.