[UCP Books]: Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert

“Powerfully absorbing.”
–Financial Times


Music at Midnight

The Life and Poetry of George Herbert

John Drury


Publication date: April 8, 2014 978-0-226-13444-4
  Cloth $35.00


“Readers who are tempted into the book by its focus on the life will finish with something far richer than more conventional biographies offer. . . . It is hard to imagine a better book for anyone, general reader or seventeenth-century aficionado or teacher or student, newly embarking on Herbert.”


“An account of an Anglican priest and his poetry that will probably never be bettered.”
Economist, Book of the Year

Though he never published any of his poems during his lifetime, George Herbert (1593–1633) is recognized as possibly the greatest religious poet in the English language, and few poets of his age inspire such intense admiration today. In this richly perceptive biography, John Drury for the first time integrates Herbert’s poems fully into his life, enriching our understanding of both the poet’s mind and his work. A sensitive critic of Herbert’s poems as well as a theologian, Drury does full justice to the spiritual dimension of Herbert’s work, and he reveals the occasions of sorrow, happiness, regret, and hope that Herbert captured in his poetry. Painting a picture of a man torn between worldly ambition and spiritual life, Music at Midnight breathes new life into some of the greatest English poems ever written.


John Drury is a chaplain and fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford and the author of many books. He is available for interviews.


Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.




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