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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (17 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490935703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490935706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,382,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Hoyles was marked by books from a young age: Huckleberry Finn (my first book from a Cardiff bookshop 1944); Hardy’s Wessex novels (at my Berkshire prep school 1948, as inoculation against pessimism); War and Peace (read in boarding school courtyard 1950 – I fell in love with Natasha); Lawrence Collected Poems (forbidden texts, banned in school library, seen in mad music master’s room in school tower); Shelley’s Complete Poems (BEAUTY, pure and absolute from Cirencester bookshop 1952, aged 16); Urquhart’s 1653 RabelaIs (Renaissance high jinks for Christmas 1953); Lady Chatterley unexpurgated (Swedish edition from Hamburg bookshop 1955, lent to 16 year old schoolgirl, never returned, another forbidden text); the Marquis de Sade’s Justine (in French, in Paris, 1961, another forbidden text). In all this lurked the high and the low, symbolised for John in his inability to finish Crime and Punishment and his subjection to the samizdat porn of The Story of O while doing National Service in Bedford (1955-7). John was born in Cornwall, studied at Kingswood School Bath and Queens’ College Cambridge, and taught English and related literature at Hull University (1965-2001). He has specialised in the history of ideas and the relationship between literature and politics. His writings include The Waning of the Renaissance (1971), The Edges of Augustanism (1972), and The Literary Underground (1991), this last principally a study of Kafka and Zamyatin. In his later years he has taught courses on Cinema, Totalitarianism and Feminism. More recently, John is the author of three recent books, “Donne Sex and God”, “Film Fun” and “Literary Sizzlers”. He also runs the Hull Film Society and is doing his best to contribute to the Hull Year of Culture.

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I was a student at Hull Uni is 91 and Donne was my favourite author - it's good to see someone with John's intellect bringing some weight to bear on the subject and reinvigourating it for a younger generation.
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Apart from brief dips into the selected poems, it is many years since I spent time with Donne, but this text from John Hoyles, reignited my interest. Forget mindfulness meditation, just read this to have unknown corners of your mind jogged into existence.
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Full of wit, vim and vigour, this reaches the parts other books on John Donne don't reach. Hoyles is at once combative, challenging and entertaining in both senses of the word. Enliven your mind and read it.
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