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Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians at the British Library

Magazine article School Librarian

Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians at the British Library

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http://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians

Discovering Literature brings together a wealth of the British Library's greatest literary treasures, including numerous original manuscripts, first editions and rare illustrations.

A rich variety of material of the Romantic and Victorian periods--newspapers, photographs, advertisements and maps--is presented alongside letters and diaries from our most famous authors and poets. They bring to life the historical, political and cultural contexts in which major works were written: works that have shaped our literary heritage.

From Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense to William Blake's notebook, from childhood writings of the Bronte sisters to an early draft of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnestthese are just some of the fascinating items available on the site.

'Discovering Literature features over 8,000 pages of collection items and explores 22 authors through 165 newly-commissioned articles, 25 short documentary films, and 30 lesson plans.' More than 60 experts have contributed their research. Bodies such as the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Dove Cottage and Keats House have loaded video clips. After a study that found many English teachers felt students were inspired by seeing original manuscripts, this site is designed to enhance the study and enjoyment of English literature, including a dedicated Teachers' Area supporting the curriculum for GCSE and A Level students.

These great works from the Romantic and Victorian periods form the first phase of a wider project to digitise other literary eras, from Beowulf to the 20th century.

Searching can be approached via author, works, themes, articles, videos, collection items and teaching resources, all cross referenced as you would expect from the BL. …

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