Summer 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 3 Nonfiction |

Why the Dead Have Lives

John Donne Anne Donne Un-done. This was a bit of doggerel the poet and later preacher John Donne wrote and sent to friends in the aftermath of his elopement, while a young and ambitious courtier, with the daughter of his patron. Anne's father, in a fit of temper he later came to regret, got Donne thrown out of his appointment at court and for some long years the poet lived in limbo, unable to return to court, unable to make a living to support his wife and growing family, until he finally gave in to the demands of the king, converted to Protestantism, and accepted the only offer the king would make, priestly office. He became the Dean of St. Paul's, the most prominent pulpit in the land, and many of the phrases he is known for, phrases which have entered the language, come not from his poetry but his rolling and thunderous sermons: "The sun also rises …", "Do not send to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. …" Ernest Hemingway would have had a difficult time

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Atar Hadari's plays have won awards from the BBC, Arts Council of England, National Foundation of Jewish Culture (New York), European Association of Jewish Culture (Brussels) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Young Writer in Residence. Plays have been staged at the Finborough Theatre, Wimbledon Studio Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, Nat Horne Studio Theatre (New York) and Valdez, Alaska. His collection of biblical monologues, Rembrandt’s Bible, was recently published by Indigo Dreams.

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