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Super-infinite

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Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing. In his myriad lives he was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, a priest, an MP – and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language. Along the way he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, was imprisoned for marrying a sixteen-year old girl without her father’s consent; struggled to feed a family of ten children; and was often ill and in pain. He was a man who suffered from black surges of misery, yet expressed in his verse many breathtaking impressions of electric joy and love.

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**A Sunday Times top ten bestseller**
**Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2023**
**Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize for Non-Fiction 2023**
**Shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize 2023**

‘Masterly.’ Observer
‘Wonderful, joyous.’ Maggie O’Farrell
‘Frankly brilliant.’ Sunday Times
‘Unmissable.’ Simon Jenkins
‘Every page sparkles.’ Claire Tomalin
‘A triumph.’ Matt Haig
‘Stylish, scholarly and gripping.’ Rose Tremain

John Donne lived myriad lives. Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, Donne was incapable of being just one thing.

He was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, an MP, a priest, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral – and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language.

In Super-Infinite, Katherine Rundell shows us the many sides of Donne’s extraordinary life, his obsessions, his blazing words, and his tempestuous Elizabethan times – unveiling Donne as the most remarkable mind and as a lesson in living.

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Weight 0.292 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.1 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

vi, 344

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

821.3 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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