Though the great Metaphysical poet George Herbert traveled little—he never left Britain—his poetry has traveled far, and so does the international George Herbert Society. We gather in places important to Herbert’s personal and family relations, and to his extensive cultural legacies. Symposia and conferences have met where Herbert studied, spoke, and ministered, in Cambridge and Salisbury/Bemerton; in Greensboro, North Carolina, home to the GHS and one of the world’s largest rare Herbert collections; Powys, Wales, site of his birth and early childhood and home to his still living relations, the Earls of Powis; and Charleston, South Carolina and Grove City/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, outposts of the widening Atlantic World that Herbert envisioned. Over the next few years, we plan a July 2014 gathering in Salisbury/Bemerton in conjunction with the local Bemerton Society; a meeting in Spring 2015 in Chicagoland for a consideration of Herbert’s American legacies at the Newberry Library and Wheaton College; and a return in October 2015 to Gregynog in Wales to explore the lives of Herbert and other “Marcher Metaphysicals” in the “border country” of the Welsh Marches. A little further out, we hope to join with the John Donne Society for a “Material Metaphysics” conference in North Carolina; visit Herbert’s formative Westminster School boyhood haunts in London; gather at Cambridge and at Oxford where George and Edward, respectively, studied; and convene at the sites of his brother Edward’s colorful service as James I’s ambassador to France in Paris/Chantilly. Come join us!
Mission and Purposes: The George Herbert Society promotes knowledge and appreciation of Herbert's life and work by sponsoring international and regional events, publications, awards and prizes, and an ongoing website. While emphasizing scholarly approaches to Herbert, the Society is open to all who share an interest in his life, work, and lasting influence; while non-sectarian, the Society welcomes varied religious uses and appreciations of Herbert, and celebrates his living legacies as one of the world's great poets and spiritual writers.
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The Digital Temple A Documentary Edition of George Herbert's English Verse
Edited by Robert Whalen and Christopher Hodgkins
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George Herbert's Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies Selected essays from the Greensboro 2008 George Herbert Society Conference, Edited by Christopher Hodgkins
George Herbert's Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton Selected essays from the Salisbury 2007 George Herbert Society Conference, Edited by Christopher Hodgkins