Name: Geraldine Brooks, author of Caleb’s Crossing
Favorite Penguin Classic Title/Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose
Why do you love this Penguin Classic?: To read Hopkins’s poems is to gain a new set of eyes with which to see the world. His descriptions of nature are so rich and original that it becomes impossible to look at a weedy field or a speckled horse without his words bouncing into your mind, springing up out of the subconscious like freshets of delicious, revivifying water. This edition is particularly valuable because it includes prose passages that give insight into the tortured soul behind the glorious visions.
What should I read next?: Fagles’s translations of Homer.