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Victorian Manuscripts from the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of The New York Public Library

The Berg Collection is recognised as one of the finest literary research collections in the world, and the Victorian holdings are the undisputed jewel in its crown.

A broad range of authors from across the nineteenth century make this an essential research tool for all scholars and students researching Victorian literature.

Most of these unique manuscripts are unavailable in any medium elsewhere. They are supplemented by some rare printed materials, including early editions annotated by the authors. Each author collection is included in its entirety, allowing users to browse and search the manuscripts as they would in the Berg Reading Room. Authors represented in this collection include:

  • Matthew Arnold
  • The Brontës
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Robert Browning
  • Wilkie Collins
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Charles Dickens
  • George Eliot
  • George Gissing
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Henry James
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • John Ruskin
  • Alfred Tennyson
  • William Makepeace Thackeray

This outstanding collection will prove an invaluable source for textual analysis of Victorian literature. Unpublished poems, working notebooks, holograph manuscripts and drawings trace the inspiration and genesis behind the period’s greatest works.

Researchers and students can trace the close interconnection of these Victorian authors – and subsequently their texts – through the mass of personal correspondence between them, revealing the close circles in which the Victorian literary world moved. This resource is of immense importance to those researching the business of Victorian publishing, documenting the relationship between writers and their publishers through correspondence and financial and legal documents.

Essays by leading scholars will suggest approaches to the material, provide textual analysis, and offer historical accounts of the Victorian publishing industry and literary culture.

See also: Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape