This is a collection of scholarly and critical studies of major writers intended for those needing modern and authoritative guidance through the characteristic difficulties of their work to reach an intelligent understanding and enjoyment of it. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of his era. In this revised and updated version of "A Preface to Hopkins" the reader is provided with an guide to the poet, his life and work. It provides readings of his major work, including "Wreck of Deutschland" and provides a complete introduction to the poet, examining his religious and cultural background. It incorporates material from recent scholarly research, but assumes only a basic knowledge of Hopkins, so aiming to make this an ideal companion and guide. It includes a completely new section on the language of Hopkins.