Gerard Manley Hopkins by Paul Mariani
A Life

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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.


About Paul Mariani

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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.
Published October 16, 2008 by Viking Adult. 524 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The author takes us through Hopkins’s undergraduate years at Oxford, his Jesuit training and various positions within the order, including his final appointment as a professor of classics in Dublin, where he battled melancholy and failing health, writing friends frequently to complain about the o...

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Lay me on Thy Breast”), and, as even Mariani admits, Hopkins sensed the young man was a “kindred spirit.” After Dolben’s departure, Hopkins noted his dismaying erotic urges (that crucified arm) and wistfully asked Bridges to give his love to Dolben: “I have written letters without end to the latt...

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A Hopkins scholar and poet who has written biographies of poets William Carlos Williams and Robert Lowell, Mariani has woven together Hopkins’s correspondence, sermons, journal entries and other materials to form a frequently fascinating account of the poet’s life from his decision to leave the C...

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Project MUSE

Perhaps because Paul Mariani is himself a poet, his biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins is drenched, as no other biography has been, in the words of Hopkins.

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American Magazine

Needless to say, Mariani provides superb analyses of Hopkins’s poetry, introduced at the time in his life the Jesuit penned each poem, enabling the reader of this biography to understand the resonances between his verse and his daily life.

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