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on 7 November 2014
A difficult poet has been made relevant to a wider readership. By writing in detail about his life and associations the essence of what made him tick becomes clear. As an academic study, having so much of his corresponding with other poets replicated, reveals the depth of the poetic processes from that particular era. An interesting amount of his prose is also included. So the book looks a serious read at first but it becomes an enjoyable and enlightening one at the finish. For those of Anglo catholic beliefs, it is especially rewarding for showing the dedication Gerard gave to his ministry as a priest. This came well before his poetry, which would have been even greater if he had spent as much time on it as he did to his religious life.
PS. Gerards father and my grandfather were partners in business, hence the name of Manley given to my father and passed on to me.