Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins

A Life

Book - 2008
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An insightful and inspirational biography of the heroic and spiritual poet .

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844?1889) may well have been the most original and innovative poet writing in the English language during the nineteenth century. Yet his story of personal struggle, doubt, intense introspection, and inward heroism has never been told fully. As a Jesuit priest, Hopkins's descent into loneliness and despair and his subsequent recovery are a remarkable and inspiring spiritual journey that will speak to many readers, regardless of their faith or philosophies.

Paul Mariani, an award-winning poet himself and author of a number of biographies of literary figures, brilliantly integrates Hopkins's spiritual life and his literary life to create a rich and compelling portrait of a man whose work and life continue to speak to readers a century after his death.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670020317
0670020311
Branch Call Number: BIO HOPKINS G. Mariani
Characteristics: xvi, 496 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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SallyLaslie
Feb 15, 2016

Despite the academic reputation of its author little is said about Hopkins's intellectual development and even less about his poetry. Essentially Mariani provides a kind of narrative digestion of a series of travel journal entries. This book is something of a dud, unfortunately.

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