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John Donne

Author Code: EJDN

Born: 1572 - London, England

Died: Mar. 31, 1631 - London, England

Born into a Roman Catholic family, Donne's early education was undertaken by the Jesuits. Thereafter, he went to Hart Hall, Oxford and Cambridge University. He began to study law in 1591 at Thavie's Inn and, from the following year, at Lincoln's Inn. In 1593, his first book of poems, Satires, appeared to wide acclaim and around the same time his Songs and Sonnets appeared. The latter was augmented over the next ten years. Donne became close friends with Ben Jonson and the poet Christopher Brooke. In 1596, Donne took part in the naval expedition to Cadiz and in 1597 to the Azores. Returning to England in 1598, he was appointed private secretary to the Lord Keeper of the Seal, Lord Ellesmere. In 1601, he secretly married Anne More, the niece of Lady Edgerton and daughter of Sir George More. This led to his dismissal and, for a few weeks, his imprisonment. While deriving a small income from being a lawyer, he published Divine Poems in 1607. It wasn't until 1609 that his father-in-law finally agreed to pay his daughter's dowry. It was also at this time that Donne renounced Catholicism and in 1610 published Pseudo-Martyr, an anti-Catholic polemic which brought him to the attention of King James I. In 1615, at the behest of the king, Donne entered the Anglican ministry and was appointed Royal Chaplain. The following year, he was appointed Reader in Divinity at Lincoln's Inn. Many of Donne's sermons from these years have survived. In 1618, he published Holy Sonnets and travelled to Germany on an ambassadorial mission with Viscount Doncaster. He returned in 1620 and in 1621 became Dean of St. Paul's. In 1624, he was made vicar of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West, but was beginning to suffer from ill health. Donne preached the sermon on the death of James I in 1625 before the new king, Charles I. After a number of years of suffering, Donne died in 1631. His other works include A Funerall Elegie (1610), An Anatomy of the World (1611), On the Progress of the Soul (1612), Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624) and Bianthanatos (1644 posthumous).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
EJDN002 Elegies
  The Anagram
  The Autumnal
  The Bracelet
  Change
  The Comparison
  The Dream
  The Expostulation
  To His Mistress Going to Bed
  On His Mistress
  His Parting From Her
  His Picture
  Jealousy
  Julia
  Let Me Not Serve so
  Love's Progress
  Love's War
  Nature's Lay
  The Perfume
  A Tale of A Citizen and His Wife
  Variety
1590-1601 32 186k eBook Download PDF - 'Elegies' (EJDN002) Find a printed copy of Elegies by John Donne at AbeBooks
EJDN003 Epicedes and Obsequies Upon the Death of Sundry Personages
  Elegy on Death
  Elegy on Mistress Boulstred
  Elegy on the L[ord] C[hamberlain]
  Elegy on the Lady Markham
  Elegy on the Untimely Death of the Incomparable Prince Henry
  An Hymn to the Saints, and to Marquis Hamilton
  Obsequies to the Lord Harrington
1610-1630 18 154k eBook Download PDF - 'Epicedes and Obsequies Upon the Death of Sundry Personages' (EJDN003) Find a printed copy of Epicedes and Obsequies Upon the Death of Sundry Personages by John Donne at AbeBooks
EJDN001 Songs and Sonnets
  Air and Angels
  The Anniversary
  The Apparition
  The Bait
  The Blossom
  Break of Day
  The Broken Heart
  The Canonization
  Community
  The Computation
  Confined Love
  The Curse
  The Damp
  The Dissolution
  The Dream
  The Ecstasy
  The Expiration
  Farewell to Love
  A Fever
  The Flea
  The Funeral
  The Good-Morrow
  The Indifferent
  A Jet Ring Sent
  A Lecture Upon the Shadow
  The Legacy
  Lovers' Infiniteness
  Love's Alchemy
  Love's Deity
  Love's Diet
  Love's Exchange
  Love's Growth
  Love's Usury
  The Message
  Negative Love
  A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day
  The Paradox
  The Primrose, Being At Montgomery Castle; Upon the Hill, on Which it is Situate
  The Prohibition
  The Relique
  Self-Love
  Song - Go, and Catch A Falling Star
  Song - Sweetest Love, I Do Not Go
  Sonnet: the Token
  The Sun Rising
  The Triple Fool
  Twickenham Garden
  The Undertaking
  A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
  A Valediction: of My Name, in the Window
  A Valediction: of the Book
  A Valediction: of Weeping
  The Will
  Witchcraft by A Picture
  Woman's Constancy
1590-1601 60 251k eBook Download PDF - 'Songs and Sonnets' (EJDN001) Find a printed copy of Songs and Sonnets by John Donne at AbeBooks

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