'Julian of Norwich's Literary Legacy' being published in 2023
Luke Penkett writes:
Darton Longman and Todd are holding back publication of my book Julian of Norwich’s Literary Legacy until next year, the 650th anniversary of Julian's Revelations of Divine Love. It will be the first book to discuss the revelations as a literary masterpiece.
In ‘Julian’s Revelation of Love: A Web of Metaphor’, an essay in Liz Herbert Mc Avoy's A Companion to Julian of Norwich (Woodbridge; Derek S. Brewer, 2008) the late Welsh scholar Ena Jenkins writes: 'I have perceived both poet and poetic in process of becoming, the growth of a poet’s mind as Julian seeks ways of communicating what can be told of the nature of her mystical awakening. To read A Revelation as a literary work is to discover a poetic which is both functional and elegant and which is the way in which seeing and seeking proceed.'
'This book opens another window through which Luke Penkett unpacks the literary backdrop to Julian’s life,' writes The Rt Revd Graham Usher, the Bishop of Norwich, in his Foreword to the book. 'He makes connections with the work of other authors who may have influenced her writing. As far as I’m aware, this is the only published systematic study of Julian as a writer'.
'This book certainly opens a new window and yet I see more windows ahead that we are invited to look through also, ultimately to seek with Julian a clearer vision of divine love.'