Chronologically moving through the years, days and locations of Gerar Manley Hopkins' life, this richly detailed biography examines his theology, life circumstances, poetry, friends, thoughts, and the numerous influences that played into his writings. A convert to Catholicism, and eventually a Jesuit and a priest, Hopkins initially felt he had to give up poetry-only to receive a renewed call to write later in life. 496 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.
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.
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.
Fantastic, absolutely first rate; a true page-turner that superbly explains Hopkinss conversion to Catholicism, his poetic genius, and his intellectual daring.
--Ron Hansen, author of Mariette in Ecstasy and Exiles
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