Literature Connections

E-Links and tips to information sources you might not have considered.

BBC British Novelists Archive Collection
By Adrian Janes, DocuTicker UK Contributing Editor

The BBC is increasingly finding ways to exploit and make more freely available its vast collection of visual and aural content. The latest example of this is its British Novelists Archive Collection. This is a complement to a BBC TV series, In Their Own Words: British Novelists. But whereas the series of necessity relies on short clips of interviews with leading authors as it charts the history of the 20th century British novel, this website is an archive of complete interviews and talks. These vary in length from five minutes up to an hour, and in year of broadcast from 1937 (Virginia Woolf) to 2009 (Zadie Smith).  From:

British Theatre Index.

The most recent addition, according to, are the collected works of dramatist Richard Brome, which have not appeared in a complete edition since 1873.  The Web site is fully searchable.  Richard Brome Online,, was launched March 1, marking the culmination of a four-year effort to digitize his collected works and to provide wide-spread access for scholars, theater practitioners, and members of the public.  The project was a collaboration between researchers at the University of Sheffield and Royal Holloway, University of London. [OCLC record number 535523114].  Information on Brome courtesy of Sarah G Wenzel, sgwenzel (at) uchicago (dot) edu. Item added April 28, 2010.


Founded in early 1990, C18-L is an international, interdisciplinary forum for discussing all aspects of 18th-century studies -- that is, the "long 18th century," which extends roughly from 1660 to 1830.  C18-L is a virtual forum that works by circulating posted messages via e-mail to all subscribers. The primary language of C18-L is English, but we welcome correspondence in other languages as well. Our bibliographical database, Selected Readings, is multilingual. The selected readings page offers a search box.

Carlyle Letters Online: A Victorian Cultural Reference (

Duke University Press has made The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle available through HighWire Press at no charge to institutions and individuals.  This is a fully digitized version of one of the most comprehensive literary archives of the nineteenth century. It features thousands of letters written by Scottish author and historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), to over six hundred recipients throughout the world.  Supported in part by grants from the NEH and the Delmas Foundation.  Each letter is indexed and searchable by date, subject, and recipient, with similar letters linked to each other.  There is a simple, free registration to use additional personalized features, such as saved searches, access to a "My Carlyle Folder," and options for managing personal alerts to find out when the site is updated.  Coordinating Editor Brent E. Kinser provides an introduction to the Carlyles, the history of the print edition, and the history of the electronic project.

Digital Miscellanies Index
University of Oxford,

This is a three-year project (2010-2013) to produce an online index of more than 1000 poetic miscellanies published over the course of the eighteenth century. A couple of recent posts on this list have drawn attention to news stories emerging from DMI research, which were intended as a way of bringing this important project to wider public attention. Follow the project at

The Edgar Allen Poe Digital Collection.  Internet Resource.

[Choice Review.  Visited March, 2011] Originally created for the 2009 Poe bicentennial exhibition by the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) of the University of Texas, Austin, this Poe collection includes the private collections of William H. Koester and of J. H. Whitty, famed Poe scholar and collector. The site offers all of the images of the HRC's Poe collection, some with transcriptions provided by the Poe Society. Also included are archival materials, including two volumes written and annotated by Poe. The collection includes first editions of all of Poe's books except one, and letters from historic literary figures (e.g., Longfellow, Lowell, Baudelaire, Whitman, Swinburne, Kipling, and Greeley).

The interface is uncluttered, with a clear explanation of the provenance of materials. Visitors can use a search box located at the bottom of the landing page, or the Browse the Collection menu, which offers choices such as manuscripts, letters and documents, books belonging to Poe, photographs, newspapers, and sheet music for related songs. Not every manuscript is transcribed: for instance, almost everything in Poe Letters and Documents has links to transcripts, whereas none of the material in Related Letters and Manuscripts has transcriptions. Compared with other freely available Poe digital collections, this is unique in the number of handwritten items included (147 of 349 items). The Poe Museum in Baltimore has digitized only 252 of the thousands of artifacts in its collection; 24 of these are handwritten. The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore has 52 handwritten manuscripts among a total of 67 digitized documents. And the University of Virginia's digitized Poe collection is currently available only through its online catalog and is thus awkward to use. The present site offers researchers a lot of unique manuscripts, articles, and Poeiana in a user-friendly format. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. -- A. M. Weiler, Onondaga Community College 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Project, by Sandra Donaldson.

This site supplements The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (5v), general ed. Sandra Donaldson, which is the standard text for study of the poet's work. 

Global Shakespeares, directed and ed. by Peter S. Donaldson. Reviewed in 2013 June CHOICE

[Visited Mar'13 2013] Global Shakespeares is a collaborative open access online project based at MIT. Focusing on Shakespeare as an international figure, the site brings together videos, video clips, articles, and academic commentary from around the world. It currently includes East and Southeastern Asia, India, Brazil, Europe, and the Arab world; additional geographic regions will be added in the future. More specialized geographic portals are also in development (one for Asia is now available). Video clips include excerpts from productions, as well as shorter items. One is "Richard III: An Arab Tragedy: News Night," which includes a number of modern and cultural references such as the United Nations, Islam, DNA, and the Internet. There are about 30 videos of full productions and a catalog of some 400 theatrical productions. These have varying amounts of commentary and other notes attached to them, more of which will be added as the project develops. Other materials include production scripts, academic essays and articles, a bibliography of research materials, and a glossary of theatrical terms. Global Shakespeares is a great example of the types of projects that digital humanists are producing. It has a wealth of resources for scholars, especially those studying Shakespeare's reception and interpretation, but it will also be useful for nonspecialists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers; professionals; general readers. -- J. Stevens, George Mason University

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes

How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author, by Peter Armenti:  
From the United Kingdom:  EThOS

Normally, dissertations are hard to access, but the British Library is now engaged in digitizing dissertations in an open access initiative.  The system is called EThOS and some these are now available.  See  There is a search box and your results list will contain a list of dissertations that are both already digitized or in process.  Digitized theses have a symbol beside them that looks like a small arrow pointing to a page.  After your register, these can be "ordered" and put in your "basket."  Once the order is complete, you can download them in PDF format.

Early Modern London Theatres

Early Modern London Theatres
(EMLoT) is a research database and educational resource that grew out of a collaboration between the Records of Early English Drama (REED) at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) at King's College London, and the Department of English at the University of Southampton, and developed from an editorial project at REED. EMLoT and its associated Learning Zone have been funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy (BA), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (for further details, please see Project Information: Team and Sponsors). It will continue to be developed by REED.
     EMLoT lets you see what direct use has been made, over the last four centuries, of pre-1642 documents related to professional performance in purpose-built theatres and other permanent structures in the London area. It is not a comprehensive collection of those pre-1642 documents; rather, it charts the copies (or ‘transcriptions’) which were subsequently made of them. It thus gives you access to the varied and long ‘after-life’ of those documents. It tells you who used them, and when, and where you can find evidence of that use. It also gives you some access to what was used, because it includes a brief account (or ‘abstract’) of the transcription’s contents, together with a reference to the location of the original document.
     This database does not include play texts, and if your main interest is in the pre-1642 evidence for actual performances, ceremonies, and the playing of secular music in London, you should go first to the London, Middlesex and Surrey collections of the REED series. They are currently being edited — Ecclesiastical London (2008) and the Inns of Court (2010) are published — and, when they are completed, will be made available in hard copy and online, ultimately being linked to this site.  Source (Feb. 7, 2011):

Emily Dickinson:  Radical Scatters
EEmEEmily Dickinson's Late Fragments and Related Texts, 1870-1886.  Marta L. WernerRadical Scatters is a subscription service operated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The current subscription rate is $20 per year. For more information or to subscribe, please contact  NOTE: California State University, East Bay is not a subscriber.  Faculty/students will need to secure their own subscription.

James Joyce Checklist
A collaborative effort of Penn State U. Libraries, James Joyce Quarterly at U. of Tulsa, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  William Brockman, Editor:

The James Joyce Checklist
is a database of citations and links to publications relevant to Joyce in any language and in any medium, from the early twentieth century to the present. The Checklist is an ongoing project with both current and retrospective material being added on a quarterly basis.  As of January, 2011, there were approx. 23,000 citations covering about three times the amount of material on Joyce as can be found in the MLA International Bibliography.  There are also hotlinks to items in JSTOR, Project MUSE, Peridoicals Archive Online, and digital journals.  It can be searched. 
     For information about Joyce's correspondence, consult The Joyce Calendar: A Chronological Listing of Published, Unpublished, and Ungathered Correspondence by James Joyce.

Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
:  Database and Digital Images
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

"The Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection contains 215 medieval or Renaissance manuscripts that date between the 11th and 17th centuries. This database contains item-level descriptions for each of the manuscripts and enables keyword searching as well as several different ways to browse the collection contents. For an overview of the collection, please consult the finding aid."

Paris Review

The Paris Review Now Provides Free Access to All of Its Author Interviews (1953-Present) The Paris Review Collection of Author Interviews October 24, 2010 13:25
The Paris Review ( has placed is complete archive of author interviews beginning in 1953 with E. M. Forster, The Art of Fiction No. 1 through Michel Houellebecq, The Art of Fiction No. 206.  The collection can be browsed by name or by decade  A Few Examples:

Sources: The Prague Post and NY Times; From:

The Poetry Center Digital Archive, San Francisco State University

A fascinating collection of audio recordings of leading 20th-century poets. Supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University is gradually digitizing its immense archive of 4,000 hours of recordings from 1954 to the present to build this resource.
Richard Brome Online

The collected works of dramatist Richard Brome, which have not appeared in a complete edition since 1873 are now available through a fully-searchable Web site.  Richard Brome Online,, launched March 1, 2010 marks the culmination of a four-year effort to digitize the collected works and to provide wide-spread access for scholars, theatre practitioners, and members of the public. The project was a collaboration between researchers at the University of Sheffield,,  and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Victorian Women Writers Project

Started in 1995 at Indiana University, this project "is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. VWWP contains scores of authors, both prolific and rare"
(from the project web site, October 4, 2010).
According to
Michelle Dalmau, Digital Projects & Usability Librarian (email of September 30, 2010),
The Indiana University Digital Library Program and Indiana University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Victorian Women Writers Project: <>.
    The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) was begun in 1995 at Indiana University under the determined leadership and editorship of Perry Willett.  The VWWP was celebrated early on for exposing lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century, writers whose popularity did not make the transition into the 20th century or inclusion in a literary canon.   Originally the VWWP focused on poetry, but soon Willett acknowledged the variety of genres in which women of that period were writing - novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts and so on. Thus the collection was expanded to include genres beyond poetry and so the VWWP grew until about the turn of the twenty-first century, ultimately including approximately two hundred texts as part of the corpus.
    Quiet since 2003, the VWWP is pleased to be back with an expanded purview that includes women writing in the nineteenth century in English beyond Britain. As before, the project will devote time and attention to the accuracy and completeness of the texts, as well as to their bibliographical descriptions. New texts, encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 Guidelines, will adopt principles of scholarly encoding, facilitating more sophisticated retrieval and analysis.
    To learn more about the technical details surrounding the new web site, please visit the project information page (, where specifics about text encoding and technical implementation are provided.

William Blake Archive

A hypermedia archive sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Rochester, and the Scholarly Editions and Translations Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Archive is not a physical repository or an "official" Blake home page.  It provides high-quality electronic reproductions of a growing portion of Blake's work with the cooperation of a number of major museum, library, and private collections.