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Mine Own Familiar Friend

The Relationship between Gerard Hopkins and Robert Bridges

William Robert Adamson

Mine Own Familiar Friend adds a new dimension to Hopkins Studies through its exploration of the complex and sometimes confounding friendship between the Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Hopkins and the editor of his first collected works, the poet and critic Robert Bridges. The divide between the two men is evident in almost every sphere of their lives, in their approach to poetry, reading, criticism and language. Based upon the primary texts of the letters, poetry and critical writings of the two men, the book is aimed at both an academic and a more generalist audience: Hopkins scholars and those readers of Hopkins’s poetry who may want to know more about this unique modernist poet whose collected works were only published, thanks to Bridges, some twenty-nine years after his death.

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Chapter 1An Odd Couple: Gerard Hopkins and Robert Bridges

Chapter 2The Man from Petrograd: Bridges and Hopkins’s Collected Poems of 1918

Chapter 3With a Friend Like that … : Robert Bridges’s “Preface to Notes” in Hopkins’s Poems, 1918

Chapter 4“Lagging Lines”: Gerard Hopkins’s “To R.B.”

Chapter 5“Upon the Yellow Sands”: Bridges’s Prefatory Sonnet

Chapter 6Critical Minds: The Literary Criticism of Hopkins and Bridges

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