It's repetitive and poorly written with a weak narrative thread.
In this case, this device provides for a nicely done close, with its linkage between Dr. Donne and our age's great physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone with a sincere interest in the Elizabethan period.
I've noticed most reviews find this book either "boring" or "entertaining," and no one is terribly concerned with Stubbs's liberal blending of biography and poetry. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jayme N. Peacock
This is the best modern Donne biography available - I highly recommend it. Book weaves social and political
and church history together. Very readable even for non - scholars.
The life of a poet with many voids.
Good as starters, but if you want the
main dish, you would probably think
how it is possible that Edward Alleyn,
the... Read more
Reading John Stubb's biography of John Donne is pure joy. Stubbs vividly portrays the times and circumstances of Donne's life with vigour and wisdom, all the while staying true to... Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by xline
John Stubbs' biography of John Donne won several high-profile international awards, and was heaped with praise by such renowned scholars as Peter Ackroyd and Harold Bloom. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Joshua Black
Sometimes an academic will pick a subject to write about just to prove themselves scholistically. In such cases you can expect the subject matter to suffer, but in some cases it... Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by sherri
I found this book to be a huge disappointment. Not only were there numerous solecisms which were distracting to the whole (he could have used a real editor over at Norton), but it... Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Dr. Emily Kurtz
John Donne emerged as one of the world's greatest English poets from his former status as a buccaneer, capturing the paradoxes of his times and offering satirical visions of hell,... Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
I've spent a lot of time with Donne's poetry, and even in my youth researched his love affair with his wife, but I never understood the man and his relationship with his time, his... Read morePublished on October 13, 2008 by richard hoffman