Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life

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Penguin, Oct 30, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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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.
 

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GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS: A Life

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The intensely private, pious, sometimes melancholic and tortured life of the English Jesuit whose remarkable poems did not appear until a quarter-century after his death.Mariani (English/Boston Coll ... Read full review

Gerard Manley Hopkins: a life

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Poet Mariani (English, Boston Coll.; The Broken Tower: The Life of Hart Crane) presents a new biography of the Victorian poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins. Largely unknown in his own ... Read full review

Contents

In the Breaking of the Bread Horsham Home 1866 and the Early Years
3
The Dense and the Driven Passion Oxford Hampstead 1866
25
Towery City and Branchy Between Towers Highgate Oxford 18611865
38
FreshFirecoal ChestnutFalls Oxford the Oratory London Abroad 18671868
55
Owner of the Skies Stars Everything Wild Roehampton 18681870
79
The Fine Delight That Fathers Thought Stonyhurst 18701873
94
Of Realty the RarestVeined Unraveller Roehampton 18731874
120
A Pastoral Forehead of Wales St Beunos 18741875
129
Aeonian Time Roehampton Tertianship 18811882
266
Metaphysician of Sunsets Snowflakes Stonyhurst Again 18821884
287
Spelt from Sybils Leaves Dublin 18841885
317
We Hear Our Hearts Grate on Themselves Dublin 1885
339
Cloud Puffballs Torn Tufts Dublin 18861887
363
The War Within Dublin 1888
386
Patch Matchwood Immortal Diamond Dublin 1889 and After
408
Coda
427

The Grandeur of God Wales 18761877
156
Father Hopkins Mount St Marys Stonyhurst Farm Street 18771878
191
Quaint Moonmarks Pelted Plumage Oxford Bedford Leigh 18781879
209
Of All Places the Most Museless Liverpool Glasgow 18801881
239

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About the author (2008)

Paul Mariani, an award-winning poet, biographer of William Carlos Williams and Robert Lowell, and critic, holds a Chair in English at Boston College. A former professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, he has lectured widely across the country and lives in Montague, Massachusetts.

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