Donne's Wedding and The Pyrford Years

Dennis Flynn

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199218608
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Donne's Wedding and The Pyrford Years

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This article is a personal take on Donne's life, his wedding and family. Donne was married to Anne More. When Donne first met Anne More is still unclear. Many writers have assumed their first acquaintance dated from the time Donne came to work for Lord Keeper Thomas Egerton at York House, in late 1597. By this time Anne's grandfather, Sir William More, had arranged her continuing education under the careful eye of his favourite child, Anne's aunt Elizabeth, whom Egerton had married by early October, when the new Lady Egerton took over signing his household accounts. Elizabeth Egerton brought Anne More, not yet fourteen, to York House as an accustomed companion to her son Francis Wolley, a year older than Anne. The possibility that Donne already knew Anne by this time is suggested in a Letter of 1602. Donne's personal life had a tremendous impact on his literary career. He mourned the death of his wife and some of his best works were composed during this time.

Keywords: John Donne; Anne More; wedding; Thomas Egerton; William More; Lady Egerton

Article.  5495 words. 

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

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