Letters to Severall Persons of Honour (1651)

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Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1977 - Literary Criticism - 318 pages
Contains 128 letters written by Donne between 1600 & 1631, collected & published by his son in 1651, illustrating Donne's character, his relationships with his family, his flattery of his patrons, his religious attitudes, his views of current happenings, & his increasing involvement in public affairs.

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Poet and churchman John Donne was born in London in 1572. He attended both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, but did not receive a degree from either university. He studied law at Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1592, and was appointed private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, Keeper of the Great Seal, in 1598. He became an Anglican priest in 1615 and was appointed royal chaplain later that year. In 1621 he was named dean of St. Paul's Cathedral. Donne prepared for his own death by leaving his sickbed to deliver his own funeral sermon, "Death's Duel", and then returned home to have a portrait of himself made in his funeral shroud. He died in London on March 31, 1631.

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