British Literary Manuscripts Online

Seven Centuries of British Authors.

This unique collection provides an intimate look into the lives and works of more than one thousand authors and delivers insights into the culture and context surrounding centuries of British literary achievement.

Source: Wilde, Oscar. An ideal husband ... A new acting version ... 1. Newspaper clipping, Sunday Times, May 10, 1914 -- announcement of the play. 2.... 19th century AD. MS Oscar Wilde *PR5818 I191a cop. 2. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles. British Literary Manuscripts Online.

British Literary Manuscripts Online

Representing the largest text-to-digital project of its kind, British Literary Manuscripts Online consists of two collections, British Literary Manuscripts Online, c.1660-1900 and British Literary Manuscripts Online: Medieval and Renaissance. Together, these priceless collections — once available only on microfilm or to those with access to the source libraries — enable researchers to view manuscripts page-by-page or preview and apprehend the entire work via the thumbnail view in a way that would never have been possible with the physical copy.


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