Catherine Nicholson

Catherine Nicholson is a professor of En­g­lish at Yale. Her most recent book is Reading and Not Reading ‘The Faerie Queene’.

Batter My Heart: Who was John Donne?

Catherine Nicholson, 19 January 2023

The engraved frontispiece​ to the 1635 second edition of John Donne’s Poems features a portrait of the artist as an exceedingly young man. Eighteen years old, in loose curls, padded Italian doublet, a single cross-shaped earring and the optimistic hint of a moustache, Donne clutches an oversized sword by the hilt and gazes sidelong at the viewer from beneath provocatively arched brows,...

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