• Super-Infinite

  • The Transformations of John Donne
  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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By: Katherine Rundell
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

From standout scholar Katherine Rundell, Super-Infinite presents a sparkling and very modern biography of John Donne: the poet of love, sex, and death.

Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing.

In his myriad lives he was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, a priest, an MP—and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language. Along the way he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, was imprisoned for marrying a sixteen-year old girl without her father’s consent, struggled to feed a family of ten children, and was often ill and in pain. He was a man who suffered from black surges of misery, yet expressed in his verse many breathtaking impressions of electric joy and love.

©2022 Katherine Rundell (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Real insight into the life of the great poet

It was much more than I expected as a biography and a book less about his poetry. I have read other biographies of Donne but this one really stands out. I recommend it very highly and, of course, the narration, by the great Simon Vance.

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Sublime

Story has an electric flow. Simon Vance was a nice fit for the material. Great stuff.

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a really tender character study .

great source of insight into a strange time in history featuring a protagonist extraordinary.

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Wow, gosh, phew!

One of the most amazing literary biographies I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I’m blown away. Incredible…