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George Herbert A Literary Life

by Christina Malcolmson

Part of the Literary Lives Series

George Herbert A Literary Life Synopsis

This volume replaces the traditional image of George Herbert as meditative recluse with a portrait of the poet as engaged throughout his life with the religion, politics and society of his time. Instead of an isolated genius living in retreat from the world, Herbert appears as a man writing public verse, active within an important social circle, and committed to nationalistic Protestantism. The book attends to the poetic brilliance of his verse as well as the institutions and contexts that influenced him: the upper class coterie, Cambridge University, and the Church of England.

George Herbert A Literary Life Press Reviews

...[a] lucid and learned biography... [a] challenging, iconoclastic representation of the poet as an active, interested and morally flawed participant in ecclesiastical machinations and political intrigue. - David Hawkes, The Times Literary Supplement

Book Information

ISBN: 9780333669792
Publication date: 9th December 2003
Author: Christina Malcolmson
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 175 pages
Categories: Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Biography: general,

About Christina Malcolmson

CRISTINA MALCOLMSON is Professor of English at Bates College in the USA and has taught at Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley. She has published Heart-Work: George Herbert and the Protestant Ethic, edited Renaissance Poetry, and co-edited with Professor Mihoko Suzuki Palgrave Macmillan's Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700.

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