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Richard Crashaw (1613 - 1649)

Books by this author: Selected Poems
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  • Richard Crashaw was born in London in 1613, the son of a Puritan priest. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and then began to publish religious poetry and to teach at Cambridge. However, his conversion from to Roman Catholicism led to his removal from Cambridge and forced him into exile. In 1649 he died, supposedly poisoned, in Italy.
    Praise for Richard Crashaw (1613 - 1649) 'A fine selection of Crashaw’s lyrics with an engagingly personal introduction. Holloway’s friendly and witty approach may find Crashaw a new audience as much by acknowledging his weaknesses for the modern reader as by championing his strengths.'
    Times Literary Supplement
    '[Crashaw exhibits] a deliberate conscious perversity of language… like that of the amazing, impressive interior of St. Peter’s.'
    T.S. Eliot
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