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Super-Infinite : The Transformations of John Donne

Author: Katherine Rundell


Available on backorder


Page Count:10.99

Date Published:16 Mar 2023



Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022

Winner of The British Book Awards 2023 Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year

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.

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