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The Victorian Plays Project

Guest Post: Kate Mattacks (University of Worcester) Brief Outline Assisted by an AHRC grant, the Victorian Plays Project began in 2003, under the direction of Professor Richard Pearson at the University of Worcester. Its primary aim was to preserve and supply playtexts of popular London productions, the vast majority of which were previously unavailable to … Continue reading

The Willa Cather Archive

Guest Post: Andrew Jewell, Editor, Willa Cather Archive When I write or speak broadly about the Willa Cather Archive (, I gravitate to a couple of key terms to describe this scholarly resource, terms that, paired together, form a sort of paradoxical vision for the site: “useful” and “experimental.” These two words form a crude … Continue reading

The Carlyle Letters Online

Guest Post: Brent E. Kinser (Western Carolina University), Coordinating Editor, The Carlyle Letters Online  First, I appreciate the opportunity to post this introduction to The Carlyle Letters Online ( for Wiley-Blackwell’s Literature Compass Blog. Without spending too much time reiterating the history of the project, which is readily available at, I will briefly introduce … Continue reading

2007 MLA Convention – Digital Perspectives

Photo: ‘Cloud Gate‘ sculpture, more popularly known as ‘The Bean’, in Millennium Park, Chicago. ———- The MLA this year as usual provided many opportunities to meet, discuss with, listen to and be challenged by the scholarly community and the rich variety of work in progress. With Literature Compass in mind, I was particularly interested to … Continue reading

The Harold Pinter Archive – A Response to John Mullan

The British Library recently acquired Harold Pinter’s literary archive for £1.1m. The archive represents over 150 boxes of manuscripts, scrapbooks, letters, photographs and emails. Although the acquisition received overwhelmingly positive press coverage, Professor John Mullan’s did voice some critical comments in the Guardian (see here). Jamie Andrews here provides a response. Guest Post: Jamie Andrews (British Library) I … Continue reading

Telling Tales: Authors In Their Own Words

Guest Post: Sarah O’Reilly (British Library) Though they lived well into the era of recorded sound and radio, it is unlikely that we will ever hear the voices of Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, D.H. Lawrence or George Orwell, for attempts to find extant recordings of these four lost voices of English Literature have always ended … Continue reading

Accessible Archives and Escaping the Black Hole

Guest Post: Jamie Andrews (British Library) Modern Literary Manuscripts – my area of curatorial interest in the British Library – have been making the news in recent days. Good news stories (from the auction houses’ perspective) regarding ever higher returns from their summer sales of rare books and manuscripts have been balanced by a number … Continue reading