The Starlight Night

The Sky in the Writings of Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Hopkins

  • David H. Levy

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 419)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. The Sky in Early Modern English Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David H. Levy
      Pages 3-12
    3. David H. Levy
      Pages 27-45
    4. David H. Levy
      Pages 47-59
  3. The Sky in the Poetry of Tennyson and Hopkins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. David H. Levy
      Pages 97-116
    3. David H. Levy
      Pages 117-126
    4. David H. Levy
      Pages 127-136
    5. David H. Levy
      Pages 137-140
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 141-214

About this book


In this updated second edition renowned amateur comet-searcher David H. Levy expands on his work about the intricate relationship between the night sky and the works of English Literature. This revised and expanded text includes new sections on Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gerald Manley Hopkins (both amateur astronomers), extending the time period analyzed in the first edition from early modern literature to encompass the Victorian age. Although the sky enters into much of literature through the ages, British authors offer an especially fertile connection to the heavens, and Levy links the works of seminal authors from Shakespeare on to specific celestial events and scientific advances. 

From the impact of comets and supernovae to eclipses, Levy’s ultimate goal in this book is to inspire his readers to do the same thing as their ancestors did so long ago—look up and appreciate the stars. His insights in this revised book spread farther and wider than ever before in this learned and enchanting tour of the skies.


Alfred Lord Tennyson and Astronomy Comets and Meteors in English Literature English Literature Gerald Manley Hopkins and Astronomy Historical Astronomy Literature and Astronomy Poetic References to the Sky Relation Between Sky And literature The First Telescope William Shakespeare and Astronomy

Authors and affiliations

  • David H. Levy
    • 1
  1. 1.Jarnac Observatory, Inc.VAILUSA

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