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The Digital Temple: A Documentary Edition of George Herbert's English Verse

Named an Outstanding Academic Title 2013 by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine

  • Edited by Robert Whalen and Christopher Hodgkins

A public orator at Cambridge and later a priest in the Church of England, George Herbert (1593–1633) balanced a vigorous intellectual life with a passionate devotion to his faith. These two important strands in his life informed his great work, The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, published shortly after his death at the age of thirty-nine. The Temple is considered one of the finest collections of devotional verse in the English language and among the most significant works of early modern literature.

The Digital "Temple" brings together the primary materials essential to the study of Herbert's English verse and presents them in a user-friendly online environment. This digital edition includes complete diplomatic and normalized transcriptions of the two known manuscripts of The Temple, in addition to a copy of the 1633 first edition. The 700 pages of high-resolution scans include each document in its entirety (excepting some Latin poems in one of the manuscripts). The editors have prepared textual and technical introductions, and the documents are fully annotated. No previous edition of The Temple has included facsimiles, transcriptions, and editorial commentary. This new resource provides students and scholars with all three and adds to this the power and convenience, including comparative display and full-text searching, of a digital edition.

About the Author: 

Robert Whalen is Professor of English at Northern Michigan University and the author of The Poetry of Immanence: Sacrament in Donne and Herbert. Christopher Hodgkins is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the author of Reforming Empire: Protestant Colonialism and Conscience in British Literature.

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