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Donne: The Reformed Soul
'One of the best literary biographies I have ever read.... [Stubbs] writes in fizzing prose of the man, his work and his world'
JONATHAN BATE, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Counting martyrs, exiles and missionaries among his relatives, the young Elizabethan wit who sailed against the Spanish, the worn husband who lost his government career in social scandal, John Donne ended his days as Dean of St Paul's, the revered preacher and man of letters who declared 'no man is an island'.
Following Donne through calm adn storm, from London's plague-ridden streets to the palaces of the English Renaissance, from Bankside taverns to the pulpit of St Paul's, John Stubb's biography is a dazzling portrait of one of the very greatest English poets, and his country, at a time of cruel adn bewildering transformation.
'The book is crammed with things I did not know.... We are given a colourful picture of the age in which England was made, asn without an understanding of which you could understand nothing about this country'
A. N. WILSON, DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Rich, generous and capacious'
HILARY SPURLING, OBSERVER