Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel: With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (Vintage Spiritual Classics) [Paperback]

By John Donne (Author), Izaak Walton (Joint Author) & Andrew Motion (Preface by)
Our Price $ 10.46  
Retail Value $ 14.95  
You Save $ 4.49  (30%)  
Item Number 158491  
Buy New $10.46
Available on the Internet only.

Alternate Formats List Price Our Price Item Number Availability
Paperback $ 14.95 $ 10.46 158491 In Stock
Paperback $ 13.51 $ 13.51 360362 In Stock

Item description for Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel: With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (Vintage Spiritual Classics) by John Donne, Izaak Walton & Andrew Motion...

Written after the deaths of many friends and family members, this meditation on mortality by a great poet and lyrical writer reflects on the meaning of life, death, and salvation. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Publishers Description
John Donne (1572-1631) is best known as the greatest English metaphysical poet. But there was another dimension to Donne's life and writing that, if less well known, is no less profound and beautiful.

Born into an aristocratic Catholic family, Donne joined the Church of England at the age of twenty-one out of fear of persecution. At the age of forty-three, he gave up his preoccupations with secular prestige and devoted himself utterly to religion. It was eight years later when, battered with fever, the deaths of his beloved wife, several of his children, and many dear lifelong friends, he composed Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. There is both trauma and great drama in this extended meditation on the meaning of mortality, the possibility of salvation, and the true nature of the passage of eternal life. With a new introduction by poet and biographer Andrew Motion, one of the most revered books of Christian devotion speaks to us again of the higher aspirations of man and the always-present possibility of a relationship with God.

This long out of print edition also contains Donne's last sermon, "Death's Duel" as well as the short colorful biography of him written by his contemporary Izaak Walton.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel: With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (Vintage Spiritual Classics) by John Donne, Izaak Walton & Andrew Motion has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • New York Review of Books - 02/13/2003 page 45
  • Kirkus Reviews - 11/01/1999 page 1703

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Studio: Vintage
Pages   234
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 7, 1999
Publisher   Vintage
ISBN  0375705481  
ISBN13  9780375705489  

Availability  3 units.
Availability accurate as of Oct 27, 2016 11:04.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

More About John Donne, Izaak Walton & Andrew Motion

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Donne was born into a Catholic family in 1572. After a conventional education at Hart Hall, Oxford and Lincoln's Inn, he took part in the Earl of Essex's expedition to the Azores in 1597. He secretly married Anne More in December 1601 and was imprisoned by her father, Sir George, in the Fleet two months later. He was ordained priest in January 1615 and took a Doctorate of Divinity at Cambridge the same year. He was made Dean of St Paul's in London in 1621, a position he held until his death in 1631. He is famous for the sermons he preached in his later years, as well as for his poems.
A.J. Smith was Professor Emeritus of the University of Southampton. His book include Literary Love (1983) and Metaphysical Wit (1992). He died in Salisbury in 1991.

John Donne was born in 1572 and died in 1631.

John Donne has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dover Thrift Editions
  2. Norton Critical Editions
  3. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  4. Penguin Classics

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Classics
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( D ) > Donne, John
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Devotionals
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Worship & Devotion > Meditations
10Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Devotionals

Similar Products

Reviews - What do customers think about Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel: With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (Vintage Spiritual Classics)?

That action concerns me  May 31, 2002
I must admit that I bought this book solely for the most famous of Donne's Meditations - Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morieris, AKA "no man is an island". I was unaware of the circumstances which surrounded Donne's writing of the Meditations. He had taken ill with a strong and high fever, and believed that he was dying. The meditations trace his spiritual journey through his illness, starting with the beginning (The first alteration, the first grudging, or the sickness), through attempts to treat him (The physician is sent for), to treatments (They apply pigeons, to draw the vapors from the head - yuck!), until he comes to terms spiritually with his fate (From the bells of the church adjoining, I am daily remembered of my burial in the funerals of others).

These meditations make a fascinating contrast with the other work by Donne in this book: Death's Duel. This was the last sermon that Donne ever preached, one month before he died. Not only did he know that the end was near, but so did his audience, who called it "the doctor's funeral sermon". It is interesting to see how Donne's view of death had changed in the years between the two works. By the time Death's Duel was written, Donne's mother, wife, and six of his twelve children were already dead.

In spite of the fact that Donne wrote over three hundred years ago, I am still influenced by his writings. Although I am not Christian, I agree with many of Donne's thoughts on how people interact with each other, and how we effect the lives of others, though we might not realise it. "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind." Donne, though dead, is still involved in mankind, and this book aptly displays it.

what gives me the write to title this thing when a title....  Mar 12, 2001
for this book,devotions upon emergent occasions and deaths duel has already been so good. Wow! what more can i possibly say....alot. firstly, fascinating stuff. it was really great and jesus Christ we love him, John Donne? WOW?!! what do you think? read it really it is very nicely proportionate for me the dimensions where spectacular and also a very nice size, John Donne? Where in the world is John Donne when we need him now....bye John Donne?

Write your own review about Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel: With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (Vintage Spiritual Classics)

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel: With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton (Vintage Spiritual Classics)

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy