Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne

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A sparkling and very modern biography of John Donne: the poet of love, sex, and death, shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and now in paperback.

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2022

Sunday Times top ten bestseller

'Masterly.' - Observer

'Wonderful, joyous.' - Maggie O'Farrell

'Frankly brilliant.' - Sunday Times

'Unmissable.' - Simon Jenkins

'Every page sparkles.' - Claire Tomalin

'A triumph.' - Matt Haig

'Stylish, scholarly and gripping.' - Rose Tremain

John Donne lived myriad lives. Sometime religious outsider and social dis-aster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, Donne was incapable of being just one thing.

He was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, an MP, a priest, the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral - and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language.

In Super-Infinite, Katherine Rundell shows us the many sides of Donne's extraordinary life, his obsessions, his blazing words, and his tempestuous Elizabethan times - unveiling Donne as the most remarkable mind and as a lesson in living.

Biography - Literature and Literary studies


Katherine Rundell

352 pages

H: 198mm W: 129mm Spine: 21mm

Weight: 292 grams