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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826463797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826463791
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,895,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An immensely readable book about the poet and churchman, the son of a London merchant whose background was strongly influenced by Catholic recusancy but who, during studies at Oxford and the Inns of Court, was eventually drawn to the Church of England... David Edwards is an experienced and gifted writer... his John Donne... a masterplece could hardly be bettered. And one more accolade: Edwards is never dull but always interesting. And the wonder is that he's not a professional historian.' Yorkshire Post; 'Edwards' picture of what Donne 'really was' is more convincing than most.' The Spectator; 'There is an engaging candour in Edwards' approach of a sort one would seldom find in a professional monograph.' The New Statesman" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Edwards has retired but was previously Provost of Southwark Cathedral, a Fellow of All Souls College, Editor of the SCM Press, Dean of King's College, Cambridge, Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey, Speaker's Chaplain in the Commons and Dean of Norwich. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not simply to engage with the previous reviewer, but I must wonder if we are reading the same book? Edwards' volume on Donne presents a very human view of the complicated individual that Donne was; very far from hagiography. Donne's own distinctive place in the Church of England of his time - and what we would now call Anglicanism - is vividly presented. This book does seem to me to be well informed in terms of literatary criticism and engages responsibly with Donne scholarship across the spectrum. The poetry is not disparaged; it's just not the main focus. This would be a fine introduction to Donne's theological and homiletical work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Howell on October 31, 2013
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This is the first biography of Donne that I've read and I found it interesting and intriguing as a study of a man of the world become one of the most popular preachers of his day. I believe I would have enjoyed him as a friend and as a preacher. What he might have lacked in theology he made up for in sharing from his experiences.
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14 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Andrews on February 25, 2003
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This "biography/criticism" of John Donne does little more than reveal Mr. Edwards' own prejudices. As a theologian, Mr. Edwards showcases his contempt for Donne's early life and work, and uses Donne's later sermons and religious poems to display his own religious erudition. Mr. Edwards appears to see Donne as nothing but an Anglican apologist. The book shows limited understanding of historical or literary criticism, and scant sympathy with Donne's very human struggles. This book merely reinforces the already muddled body of Donne scholarship.
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