Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins was an English poet and Jesuit priest, who rose to fame posthumously.

Full Name Gerard Manley Hopkins
Who writer
Birth Date July 28, 1844
Death Date June 8, 1889
Country England
Born London, England, UK
Died Dublin, Ireland
Cause of Death typhoid fever

University of Oxford

Stonyhurst College

Father Manley Hopkins
Mother Catherine Smith Hopkins
Spouse n/a
Siblings eldest of nine children


Hopkins was the grand-nephew of artists Richard James Lane and Edward William Lane. Both, especially Richard, supported his early passion for painting.

Hopkins was a good friend of poet Robert Bridges, whom he met while studying at Oxford in 1864. The two became inseperable, and many have speculated that Bridges was likely Hopkins' first love. The two men remained close for the rest of their lives. After Hopkins' death in 1889, it was Bridges that made efforts to bring attention, and later acclaim, to Hopkins' poetry.

One of Hopkins' most notable influences in his writing was Christina Rossetti, who he met in 1864.

At the University of Oxford, Hopkins studied under Walter Pater, who was a personal tutor for him in 1866. They struck up a friendship while Hopkins remained at the university, but lost touch after he left in 1866.

Hopkins first became interested in Catholicism after reading Apologia pro via sua, by John Henry Newman, in 1864. He was deeply impressed, and became very interested in the religion. This led to him being accepted into the Catholic church by Newman himself in 1866. Newman, who considered Hopkins a very promising young man, was a religious mentor figure to him, and supplied him with posts and promotions within the church.

Elizabeth Taylor requested that one of Hopkin's poems be read at her funeral. She passed away in 2011.


London, England, UK - Born here, 1844. Grew up here, 1844 - 1863. Lived here, 1868 - 1870, and 1874 - 1878.

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - Attended university here, lived here, 1863 - 1866. Lived here, 1878 - 1880.

Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK - Traveled here, 1866. Lived here, 1867 - 1868.

Clitheroe, Lancashire, England, UK - Lived here, 1870 - 1874.

Manchester, England, UK - Lived here briefly, about 1881.

Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - Lived here briefly, about 1882.

Glasgow, Scotland, UK - Lived here, about 1882 - 1884.

Dublin, Ireland - Lived here, 1884 - 1889. Died here, 1889.


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