Archive for Literature

Christmas Annuals

This type of publication has been around for almost two hundred years and is still popular today. Produced by magazine publishers, these once-yearly special issues were given as Christmas presents; many contained copious stories and illustrations and were expensively bound in leather with gold lettering. Forget-Me-Not published by Rudolph Ackermann is generally acknowledged as the first of its kind, appearing in 1823.

Select volumes can be seen at Nineteenth Century British & American Literary Annuals (University of South Carolina); The Belgravia Annual (Online Books Page);  Forget-Me-Not and Juvenile Forget-Me-Not (HathiTrust); Beeton’s Christmas Annual (HathiTrust); Boy’s Own Annual (HathiTrust); and Routledge’s Christmas Annual (Online Books Page).









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African American Women Writers During the Civil War Era

From autobiographies to speeches to novels, this Library of Congress site features full text writings by a number of African American women. Various editions of the same work, where available, are included as well as photographs/drawings of the authors in question. A unique and valuable site.

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“Anglo-Norman Reader”

The Anglo-Norman Reader presents both extracts and full-texts of numerous pieces, some translated into English for the first time. Anglo-Norman literature refers to the French language as it was spoken and written in medieval Great Britain primarily during the 12th – 14th centuries. Here are numerous examples of manuscripts written in this language. It may surprise people how deeply francophone medieval Britain actually was; many of the most important works of this time; i.e. Chronica Majora by Matthew Paris, were written in both Latin and French.

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Oxford’s Annual J R R Tolkien Lecture

In honor of Tolkien, who was a professor at Pembroke College, Oxford, Pembroke has established an annual lecture series to explore fantasy literature. So far a half a dozen luminaries from this field have spoken at this meeting. To watch the videos of these lectures, please come here.

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“Poetry of America”

This ongoing series from the Library of Congress features “A collection of field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets. Each poet reads a singular American poem of his or her choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects, deepens, or re-imagines our sense of the nation.” Also available is From the Catbird Seat: Poetry from the Library of Congress that is an archive of poets reading and discussing their work at the Library.

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2018 Pulitzer Prizes

The various categories are presented along with the winners and runners-up. For the shorter forms of writing (as well as photography and cartooning), links to the full works are given.

Here is the heartfelt speech from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their work on unmasking Harvey Weinstein.

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Charles Dickens

It is appropriate that on this day, his birthday, we point you to some good sites containing relevant works. For his books, come here; for the journals he edited and wrote for, you can visit Dickens Journals Online.

There are numerous mentions of his travels and speeches in the United States in the Chronicling America site. He came to this country twice, in 1842 and 1867; the first trip produced American Notes for General Circulation (1842), a work that generated tepid reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

Numerous helpful sites can be found here.

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