John Donne

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Poem of the week: Holy Sonnet XIX by John Donne
The great love poet is here locked in an anxious wrestle with his religious conscience

Carol Rumens

05, Dec, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘Taking life advice from John Donne would be disastrous’ – the roof-walking, trapeze-flying Baillie Gifford winner
Katherine Rundell has just become the youngest ever winner of the prestigious literary prize – for a biography of ‘poet of desire’ John Donne. Why is she giving the £50,000 away? Because, she says, no man is an island

Lisa Allardice

18, Nov, 2022 @5:54 PM

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£50K Baillie Gifford non-fiction prize won by Katherine Rundell
The acclaimed children’s author won for her book Super-Infinite, described as a ‘glorious celebration’ of the life and work of poet John Donne

Sarah Shaffi

17, Nov, 2022 @10:08 PM

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Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell review – a deft portrait of John Donne
Rundell captures John Donne’s unique vision in all its power, eloquence and strangeness

Lara Feigel

28, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Plague poems, defiant wit and penis puns: why John Donne is a poet for our times
Master of the Revels at a time of persecution, Donne broke new ground with poems that burst with sexual desire and intellectual curiosity

Katherine Rundell

15, Apr, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne review – masterly study
Katherine Rundell’s engaging and playful biography of the metaphysical poet demands – and rewards – your attention

Alexander Larman

10, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Nonfiction to look out for in 2022
From studies of grief to memoirs from Melvyn Bragg and Jarvis Cocker, along with Norman Scott’s account of a very English scandal, here are the titles coming your way next year

Rachel Cooke

26, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The book of love: 400-year-old tome of John Donne’s poems is unveiled
Handwritten manuscript acquired by British Library gives new clues to his work

Dalya Alberge

06, Dec, 2020 @6:45 AM

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Tackle that to-be-read pile: the books to try if you're self-isolating
From Nora Ephron to Thomas Mann, here are 12 books to entertain, challenge and inspire if you’re confined at home due to Covid-19

Alex Clark

18, Mar, 2020 @2:30 PM

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Poem of the week: The Flea by John Donne
A ludicrous image of physical intimacy provides a suitor with a feeble wooing ruse – and us with sharp romantic comedy

Carol Rumens

09, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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From Bag End to Babel: Top 10 libraries in fiction
Writers as different as JRR Tolkien and Jorge Luis Borges have stacked some of their most giddying visions on imaginary shelves. Check them out

Stuart Kells

31, Jul, 2019 @12:45 PM

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Poem of the week: Twickenham Garden by John Donne
Intriguingly attuned to modern science, this acid-spotted Arcadia comes complete with blight, bugs and bad weather

Carol Rumens

20, May, 2019 @10:29 AM

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