Publisher description for Gerard Manley Hopkins : a life / Paul Mariani.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Hopkins, Gerard Manley, -- 1844-1889.
Poets, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
Catholics -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Jesuits -- Great Britain -- Biography.