Gerard Manley Hopkins : A Life

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-30
  • Publisher: Viking Adult

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"Virtually unknown in his own lifetime, Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet and Jesuit priest, has - in the course of the past seventy-five years - become recognized as one of the world's foremost poets, his works known and admired by untold thousands of readers. Like the Psalms, his poems cover the entire range of human emotions, from the sheer celebration of the world to the terrors of desolation." "Paul Mariani, an award-winning poet and biographer, here gives us a portrait forty years in the making of this brilliant and extraordinary man and poet. At each step of Hopkins's life - from his years with his large, well-to-do Victorian family in London to his years of study at Oxford in the 1860s, to the travail of his conversion, through his years of grinding study to become a Jesuit, through the writing of his groundbreaking ode, The Wreck of the Deutschland, and on through his years of intense introspection, meditation, and brilliant preaching and teaching which yielded so many unforgettable sonnets, Mariani shows us a man who always insisted on probing deeper into the mystery of God. In this scintillating analysis of Hopkins's poetry and bis life, Mariani reveals for us the rich and poignant story of a great poet and that rare thing: a good man whose life and words continue to touch and inspire us."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Paul Mariani is the author of fourteen books, including biographies of Robert Lowell, John Berryman, and William Carlos Williams. He holds a chair in English at Boston College. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Table of Contents

We Are So Grafted on His Wood: 1844-1868
In the Breaking of the Bread: Horsham & Home, 1866, and the Early Yearsp. 3
The Dense and the Driven Passion: Oxford & Hampstead, 1866p. 25
Towery City and Branchy Between Towers: Highgate & Oxford, 1861-1865p. 38
Fresh-Firecoal Chestnut-Falls: Oxford, the Oratory, London, Abroad, 1867-1868p. 55
Walls, Altar and Hour and Night; 1868-1877
Owner of the Skies & Stars & Everything Wild: Roehampton, 1868-1870p. 79
The Fine Delight That Fathers Thought: Stonyhurst, 1870-1873p. 94
Of Realty the Rarest-Veined Unraveller: Roehampton, 1873-1874p. 120
A Pastoral Forehead of Wales: St. Beuno's, 1874-1875p. 129
The Grandeur of God: Wales, 1876-1877p. 156
In Harness: 1877-1884
Father Hopkins: Mount St. Mary's, Stonyhurst, & Farm Street, 1877-1878p. 191
Quaint Moonmarks, Pelted Plumage: Oxford & Bedford Leigh, 1878-1879p. 209
Of All Places the Most Museless: Liverpool & Glasgow, 1880-1881p. 239
Aeonian Time: Roehampton & Tertianship, 1881-1882p. 266
Metaphysician of Sunsets & Snowflakes: Stonyhurst Again, 1882-1884p. 287
Dublin: 1884-1889
Spelt from Sybil's Leaves: Dublin, 1884-1885p. 317
We Hear Our Hearts Grate on Themselves: Dublin, 1885p. 339
Cloud Puffballs, Torn Tufts: Dublin, 1886-1887p. 363
The War Within: Dublin, 1888p. 386
Patch, Matchwood, Immortal Diamond: Dublin, 1889, and Afterp. 408
Codap. 427
Notesp. 435
Selected Hopkins Bibliographyp. 471
Indexp. 485
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