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Donne's family background, birth, and early years

Dennis Flynn

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199218608
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199218608.013.0033

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Donne's family background, birth, and early years

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This article details Donne’s fascinating family background, noting that there was a very strong history of opposition to Tudor religious reform, which he could look back upon going back three generations. The article points out that we should connect Donne’s birth and early life, as well as his subsequent life and writings, to his family’s religious persecution, imprisonment, exile, and death.

Keywords: family background; Tudor religious reform; religious persecution; imprisonment; exile; death

Article.  5635 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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