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Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape

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This powerful resource offers unparalleled access to the single largest collection of working notebooks, verse manuscripts and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers anywhere in the world, all digitized in full colour. With access to the annotated full manuscripts of such notable works as The Prelude and Michael, or Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Dejection: An Ode this project is unrivalled in its content and scope.

Researchers and students can trace the interactions of key literary and political figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century through the mass of personal correspondence and witness the close circles in which contemporary authors and artists moved and how they influenced each other’s work. Other materials include diaries, travel journals, scrapbooks, autograph books, financial records and receipts, each with detailed meta-data enabling in-depth analysis.

Supplementing the manuscript collection, this resource also includes full-colour digital images of over two thousand fine art pieces from celebrated artists such as:

  • J.M.W. Turner
  • John Constable
  • Thomas Gainsborough
  • Benjamin Robert Haydon
  • John Ruskin

An interactive map with specially-commissioned modern photographs of the Lake District is also included, allowing users to trace the movements of Romantic writers, poets and artists across the landscape that inspired their creativity.

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