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Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life Recollected: Recollecting GMH

Case 1: Recollecting Hopkins

Case 1: Recollecting Hopkins 

The Gerard Manley Hopkins Collection was originally started by Gonzaga English professor Fr. Anthony Bischoff, S.J.  His research collection (BRC) includes manuscripts; correspondence; legal documents; drawings; photographs; books which Hopkins used as poet and classicist; materials related to family, friends, and contemporaries; Jesuit journals pertinent to Hopkins’s life; major scholarly studies of Hopkins from around the world; and copies and microfilms of archival materials housed in England, Ireland, and North America

As this display case summarizes, every aspect of Hopkins’s life and its contexts are represented in the BRC.

1st edition of Hopkins’s poetry, ed. Robert Bridges (Oxford, 1918)

1st edition of Hopkins’s poetry, ed. Robert Bridges (Oxford, 1918)
In his introduction, Bridges famously described “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” Hopkins’s singular ode, as the “dragon” at the gate.

 

Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882, with envelope (BRC 1:1)

1/6 Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

2/6 Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

 3/6 Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

3/6 Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

4//6 Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

5/6 Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

Envelope of Autograph letter to Jesuit friends, 17 August 1882

Hopkins writes to William Shapter, S.J. (1847-1928), Charles de Lapasture, S.J. (1839-1923), and Francis Goldie, S.J. (1836-1912), former associates at various Jesuit institutions, who had sent their good wishes when he pronounced his final vows (as a Spiritual Co-adjutor) on 15 August. The playful, allusive letter begins: “Pax Christi. | My hearties, -- I am going to answer ‘the three of yez’ under one trouble -- no, no, not trouble, not trouble: pleasure is the word -- under one pleasure. This pleasure must shall be brief, because, the according to the one of yez, I am to call to yez on my way to Glasgow to so very shortly. . . .

 

 

Hopkins’s birth certificate (RBC 11:1)

Hopkins’s birth certificate

 

Photograph of a Hopkins portrait, c. 1884 (BRC 12:25)

Photograph of a Hopkins portrait, c. 1884

 

 

Framed photograph of a portrait, itself based on a photo taken at Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare, Ireland, in 1884. Hopkins was often a guest at Clongowes (vividly represented in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916). The photograph is inscribed “My brother Gerard. Lionel C. Hopkins 13 October 1947.”

Photograph of Hopkins by his uncle, George Giberne, c. 1866 (BRC 10:19)

Photograph of Hopkins by his uncle, George Giberne, c. 1866

George Giberne, a talented amateur photographer, was married to Kate Hopkins’s sister, Maria Smith. Hopkins used his uncle’s architectural photographs for making drawing; his aunt, also a sketch artist, encouraged the young man’s talents.

 

 

 

Anthony Bischoff, S.J., with artifacts from the Hopkins Collection; undated (BRC 67:4)

Anthony Bischoff, S.J., with artifacts from the Hopkins Collection; undated

 

 

Examination notes: fragments in ink of questions that Hopkins set for B.A. Pass exam, University College, Dublin, 1888 (BRC 1:18)

1/2 Examination notes: fragments in ink of questions that Hopkins set for B.A. Pass exam, University College, Dublin, 1888

2/2 Examination notes: fragments in ink of questions that Hopkins set for B.A. Pass exam, University College, Dublin, 1888