This, the first book to focus solely on Donne's religious writing, also places his work in a literary context and attempts to reach a more realistic assessment of its originality than has been possible hitherto. The prose works that are examined in detail include the controversial treatises Bianthanatos and Pseudo-Martyr, the satirical Ignatius His Conclave, the much-quoted Essays and Devotions and, of course, Donne's sermons.
Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction: The two Donnes. Chapter 1: From Catholic to Protestant Chapter 2: The individual and the state.Satire III.'The Cross' Chapter 3: The art of devotion.'A Litany'.La Corona Chapter 4: Sighs and tears: the Holy Sonnets Chapter 5: The originality of the Holy Sonnets Chapter 6: Tracts for the times. Biathanatos.Pseudo-Martyr.Ignatius His Conclave.Essays in Divinity Chapter 7: Revelations of self Chapter 8: The art of death Chapter 9: Recollections of the player-preacher Bibliography Index