The Digital Temple, released by Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University and Christopher Hodgkins of UNCG in 2013, has been hailed by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine as “quite simply an amazing piece of scholarship” and an Outstanding Academic Title of 2013.
The state-of-the-art digital work allows online users to explore two manuscript versions and the first print edition of George Herbert’s lyric masterpiece The Temple (1633). Whalen and Hodgkins bring Herbert’s poetry to life by allowing viewers to search through and compare the high resolution digital captures, which are embedded with exact transcriptions and detailed, expert annotations.
The American Library Association’s Choice magazine selected The Digital Temple an an Outstanding Academic Title of 2013, placing it in the top ten percent of the hundreds of titles they review. The publication called Whalen and Hodgkins work “a required resource for those interested in early modern literature, history, political science, or textual criticism.” Choice reaches almost every undergraduate college and university library in the US and guides librarians, faculty, and others in collection development and scholarly research.
The Digital Temple was completed with a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant. A follow-up edition, The Digital Works of George Herbert, is in the works. The new edition will depend heavily on the UNCG Herbert collection, which is, according to Hodgkins, “one of the finest George Herbert collections in the world.”
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