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British Literary Manuscripts

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Part 1: British Literary Manuscripts: c.1660-1900. This extensive digital archive, comprising more than 400,000 manuscript pages, includes complete facsimile copies of poems, plays, essays, novels, diaries, journals, correspondence and other manuscripts from the Restoration through the Victorian era.

The collection provides an intimate look into the lives and works of major literary figures and allows for unique insights into the history, culture and context surrounding more than two centuries of British literary achievement.

Sources include some of the most prestigious collections in the world, such as The British Library; The Forster and Dyce Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The National Library of Scotland; the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.; Princeton University Library, Princeton, New Jersey; the Huntington Library, San Marino, California; and the Oscar Wilde Collection at William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California - Los Angeles.

Part 2: British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval & Renaissance offers students and researchers unprecedented online access to 565,000 pages of rare manuscripts from the Medieval and Early Modern periods, c.1100 to 1660. Researchers and students can explore online a rich tapestry of letters, poems, stories, plays, chronicles, religious writings and commonplace books through searchable catalogue records.

Consisting primarily of works in Middle and Early Modern English, BLMO: Medieval and Renaissance is an essential resource for any scholar of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Scholars can access online the original manuscripts of seminal literary, religious and philosophical texts and trace the prevailing social and cultural attitudes of the times through important historical documents like the letters of Alcuin and Lanfranc and the Chronicles of Waverly, Glastonbury, St Martins and Lichfield.

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Part 1: 1660-1900, Part 2: c.1100 to 1660 
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English, English - Fiction, English - Poetry, Primary Sources 
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