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Paul Mariani - October 27, 2008

Paul Mariani

University Professor of English, Boston College

"The Catholic Intellectual and Writer Today"

8:00 PM Monday, October 27, 2008
University Theatre

The author of the forthcoming Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life as well as four other literary biographies and numerous collections of poetry and criticism, Professor Mariani will comment on the Catholic intellectual tradition and its importance today.

"Writing about the Life of Gerard Manley Hopkins"

3:10 PM Monday, October 27, 2008
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with Paul Mariani, a prolific poet, critic, and biographer. He has published six collections of poetry: Timing Devices (1977), Crossing Cocytus (1982), Prime Mover (1985), Salvage Operations: New and Selected Poems (1990), The Great Wheel (1996), and Deaths and Transfigurations (2005). His prose works include A Commentary on the Complete Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1970), William Carlos Williams: The Poet and His Critics(1975), A Useable Past: Essays 1973-1983 (1984), God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable (2002), andThirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius (2002). He has written the following biographies: William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked (1981), Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman (1990), Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell(1994, named by the New York Times as one of its Notable Books of the Year), The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane (1999, also named to the New York Times Notable Books of the Year list), and Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life, to be released on 30 October of this year. About this last book, one reviewer has written: “Fantastic, absolutely first-rate, a true page-turner that superbly explains Hopkins’s conversion to Catholicism, his poetic genius, and his intellectual daring.” Professor Mariani has brought to light the personal struggle, doubt, intense introspection, and artistic achievement of one of the most original poets writing in English during the nineteenth century.