Pseudo martyr

  • Filename: pseudo-martyr.
  • ISBN: 0773509941
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 427
  • Author: John Donne
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

Pseudo-Martyr was Donne's first published work and the only one he wrote as a lawyer. It is also an autobiographical document which reveals how Donne resolved his own lapse from Catholicism so that he could remain loyal to the king. A descendant of Thomas More's sister, Donne had inherited a rich tradition from the Counter-Reformation, which he sought to reconcile with the political absolutes of his day. Anthony Raspa provides a definitive critical edition of this long-neglected work, setting it in its historical context and making the forest of quotations and references given by Donne in the main body of the text and its margins intelligible to the modern reader.

Machiavelli The First Century

  • Filename: machiavelli-the-first-century.
  • ISBN: 0191556238
  • Release Date: 2005-06-23
  • Number of pages: 776
  • Author: Sydney Anglo
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

Between 1513 and 1525 Niccolò Machiavelli wrote a series of works dealing with political, military, and historical matters. One of these (the 'Arte della guerra') was published in 1521, but the rest of his major writings were not published until 1531-2, nearly five years after his death. They continued to be reissued regularly, well into the early seventeenth century. The popularity of Machiavelli's books, the variety of his themes, the different contexts within which he was studied, the range of readers' interests, and the fact that his name entered the vocabulary of every European language - all make his early reception a fruitful field of enquiry. Historians of ideas have tended to tidy up the past in order to make it comprehensible but Sydney Anglo is concerned with heterogeneity, and with the often irrational and emotional aspects of sixteenth-century thought. Basing his research entirely upon primary sources he quotes extensively in the conviction that, in a battle of words, the words themselves and their tone convey more than summaries of intellectual abstractions. Authors - hostile, enthusiastic, and indifferent - are closely examined; and many different contexts, political and intellectual, are considered. Sometimes Machiavelli was influential, sometimes not, but in this history of his reception, silences often prove significant. Written in a lively and trenchant style, this new interpretation of the impact of Machievalli is an original contribution of high quality by a leading expert in the field of Renaissance studies.

Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne

  • Filename: skepticism-and-memory-in-shakespeare-and-donne.
  • ISBN: 9781137086105
  • Release Date: 2016-04-30
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: A. Sherman
  • Publisher: Springer

This book fills a lacuna in the intellectual history of the seventeenth century by investigating the role that skepticism plays in the declining prestige of memory. It argues that Shakespeare and Donne revolutionize the art of memory, thanks to their skepticism, and thereby transform literary strategies like mimesis, exemplarity, and pastoral.

A Bibliography of Dr John Donne

  • Filename: a-bibliography-of-dr-john-donne.
  • ISBN: 9781107624061
  • Release Date: 2013-09-26
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Geoffrey Keynes
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

First published in 1958, this third edition supplies a detailed bibliography of the poet and cleric John Donne.

The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne

  • Filename: the-complete-poetry-and-selected-prose-of-john-donne.
  • ISBN: 9780679641377
  • Release Date: 2000-11-01
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Author: John Donne
  • Publisher: Modern Library

This Modern Library edition contains all of John Donne's great metaphysical love poetry. Here are such well-known songs and sonnets as "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Extasie," and "A Nocturnall Upon S. Lucies Day," along with the love elegies "Jealosie," "His Parting From Her," and "To His Mistris Going to Bed." Presented as well are Donne's satires, epigrams, verse letters, and holy sonnets, along with his most ambitious and important poems, the Anniversaries. In addition, there is a generous sampling of Donne's prose, including many of his private letters; Ignatius His Conclave, a satiric onslaught on the Jesuits; excerpts from Biathanatos, his celebrated defense of suicide; and his most famous sermons, concluding with the final "Death's Duell." "We have only to read [Donne]," wrote Virginia Woolf, "to submit to the sound of that passionate and penetrating voice, and his figure rises again across the waste of the years more erect, more imperious, more inscrutable than any of his time."

John Donne The Reformed Soul A Biography

  • Filename: john-donne-the-reformed-soul-a-biography.
  • ISBN: 9780393342635
  • Release Date: 2008-11-17
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Author: John Stubbs
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

"Elegantly written, psychologically and historically astute."—Los Angeles Times Book Review From scholar to buccaneer, from outcast to establishment figure, John Donne emerged as one of the greatest English poets. Following Donne from Plague-ridden streets to palaces, from taverns to the pulpit of St Paul's, John Stubbs's "exemplary literary biography" (Harold Bloom) is a vivid portrait of an extraordinary writer and his country at a time of bewildering and cruel transformation.


  • Filename: infinitesimal.
  • ISBN: 9781780745336
  • Release Date: 2014-03-07
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Amir Alexander
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications

On August 10, 1632, five leading Jesuits convened in a sombre Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple line.

Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England

  • Filename: manuscript-miscellanies-in-early-modern-england.
  • ISBN: 9781472420275
  • Release Date: 2014-08-28
  • Number of pages: 254
  • Author: Professor Joshua Eckhardt
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Perhaps more than any other kind of book, manuscript miscellanies require a complex and ‘material’ reading strategy. This collection of essays models and refines the study of these complicated volumes. Using extensive textual and bibliographical evidence, it offers stimulating new readings of literature, politics and religion in the early modern period, and promises to make important interventions in the history of the book.

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