Writing the Flesh: The Herbert Family Dialogue

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A study of the literary/aristocratic Herbert family of Montgomery and London in the 16th and 17th centuries. Powers-Beck (English, East Tennessee State U.) begins his study with the assumption, stated by Virginia Woolf, that the imaginative work of poetry and fiction is attached to "grossly material things" such as money and houses, and that these things deserve the consideration of literary critics. Specific topics include Magdalen Herbert's influence upon George Herbert's poetry, politics, and religion; George Herbert's investment in the literature of domestic advice; the relationship of George and his closest brother, Sir Henry Herbert; and the dialogue between the "brother poets," George and Edward. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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1 Writing the Flesh: The Herbert Family Dialogue 1
2 Joining Contrary Realms: The "Generous Ambiguity" of Magdalen Herbert 33
3 "The Church-porch" and George Herbert's Family Advice 59
4 "Lovely enchanting language": Sir Henry Herbert and the Language of Courtship 97
5 Comparing Fruits: Edward Herbert, Sonship, Sacrifice, and Time 119
6 Tempests in the Blood: Thomas Herbert's "The Storme... from Plimmouth" 165
7 Religion on Tiptoe: Sir John Danvers, the Virginia Company, and "The Church Militant" 189
App. A Magdalen Herbert's Table Guests 223
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