The son of a London citizen, John Donne was raised in a Catholic family. He matriculated at Hart Hall Oxford in 1584 at the age of 11 (created M.A. in 1610) from whence he entered Lincoln's Inn in 1592, and participated in the Cadiz expedition of 1596-97. Donne was secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton from 1596 to 1601, when his ambitions were thwarted by his secret marriage to Anne More. Turning from satire and lyric to sacred and epideictic writings, Donne sought patronage at court. He was ordained in 1615 and appointed dean of St. Paul's in 1622.
Ignatius his Conclave. 1611.
An anatomy of the world. 1611.
The second anniversary: of the progress of the soule. 1612.
Three sermons. 1623.
Devotions upon emergent occasions. 1624.
Four sermons. 1625.
Five sermons. 1625.
Death's duell. 1632.
Juvenilia: or certaine paradoxes and problems. 1633.
Essayes in divinity. 1651.
Letters to severall persons of honour, ed. John Donne, Jr. 1651.
Pardoxes, problems, and characters, with Ignatius his conclave. 1652.
Sermons, ed. G. R. Potter and Evelyn M. Simpson. 10 vols, 1953-62.
Poems, ed. H. . C. Grierson. 2 vols, 1912.
Divine poems, ed. Helen Gardner. 1952, 1978.
Elegies, songs, and sonnets, ed. Helen Gardner. 1952, 1978.
Satires, epigrams, and verse letters, ed. W. Milgate. 1967.
The anniversaries, epithalamions, and epicides, ed. W. Milgate. 1978.