,'A looker-on in London' is the online full text of Mary H. Krout's book (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1899). The online version is the work of Lee Jackson and is published on his 'Dictionary of Victorian London' website. 'A Looker-On in London' is a mixture of travel journal, sociological inquiry and political commentary. The work is written from an American perspective and tackles a wide range of topics that includes: 'The Opening of Parliament'; 'Pentonville Prison'; 'The Princess Maud's Wedding'; 'The Jameson Trial'; and 'The Diamond Jubilee'. The text provides numerous comparisons between British and American attitudes and will appeal to historians and to those researching: travel writing; political writing; and eye-witness accounts in the framework of British (particularly English and Scottish) and American Studies. The book is also a good source for students and researchers in the field of Women's Studies, as it dedicates dozens of pages to relevant issues including: 'English Women and their Affairs'; 'Women's Clubs'; and 'Women's Schools and Colleges'. The digital version has been sympathetically prepared and retains all the necessary information - including the original page references, now inserted in the main body of the text.
Biff Vernon's website, 'A1-The Great North Road', is an e-book dedicated to the Great North Rd, the main artery of travel in England from Roman Britain onwards. As the author states, there are two chapters of the e-book: 'In general' and 'In particular'. In the first chapter there are sections with information about travel writers and their journeys and is accompanyed by an extensive bibliography of related travel literature and works about. There are also pages that examine the Great North Road within the contexts of the Romans, the Norman Conquest and pilgrimages. 'In Particular' examines the itinerary of the road and lists all the places it goes through, listed according to county. Cross-references and images (paintings, old and recent photographs) as well as historical details abund in the text. This would be of most interest to anyone studying or researching travel literature or the history of travel in England. Vernon produces this resource independently and is a guesthouse owner in Lincolnshire.
Adam Matthew Publications is a British publisher of "original manuscript collections, rare printed books and other primary source material for the humanities". Publication has until recently been in microfilm form, but much of the material is now also available to scholars online. The service is a commercial one that generally requires purchase and registration. There is, however, some full-text material available for free and without registration at this website (click Guides / Online / then see the free full-text 'Publisher's Note' and 'Introduction' for each collection). There is a full A-Z index to around 500 large scholarly collections of primary source material on microfilm, and a link to the Adam Matthew Digital website for online access. A variety of free printed brochures are offered on certain topics, and these can be requested for postal delivery. Further short brochures (see 'Recent Publications') are available free online as PDF files. The collections seem especially strong in literary manuscripts, travel records, and documents of political importance.
'American Notes' is an online edition of the complete text of Charles Dickens' work about his travels in North America in 1842. The work is edited by John Lance Griffith, formerly of the University of Virginia, and is published by the University. Also included on the site are: a selection of English and American reviews of the work by Dickens' contemporaries; a map of Dickens' 1842 American tour; and suggestions for further reading, as well as: the full text of the American chapters of 'Martin Chuzzlewit'; a number of related contemporary illustrations; and an introduction by the Editor. This site would be useful for students and researchers wanting to get an overview of the work and contemporary reaction to it on both sides of the Atlantic.
Artful Dodge is "an Ohio-based literary magazine that publishes work with a strong sense of place". The website has full details of the magazine, and invites potential readers to request a sample copy. The website offers free content online, including free full-text interviews with Jorge Luis Borges, Vaclav Havel, William Least Heat-Moon, Czeslaw Milosz, among 25 other notable writers. There are also about 20 examples of poems translated by fellow poets, and about 80 full-text articles from previous issues of the Artful Dodge. There are tables of contents for back-issues, from 1979 until 2004. The magazine has a variety of regular special features, some of which are available in full-text form on the website. The website has a short history of the magazine, details of the editors and their submission procedures. At June 2007, the website appears to be infested with aggressive commercial pop-up advertisements that manage to bypass the default pop-up blocking function in Internet Explorer.
This is the official website for the American composer and novelist Paul Bowles (1910-1999), and his wife, the writer Jane Bowles. Paul Bowles was a relentless traveller, and lived for much of his life in Morocco. The site contains a biographical essay on Bowles by Allen Hibbard, a biography of Jane Bowles by Millicent Dillon, and an assessment of Bowles as a composer by Irene Herrmann. Other pages include catalogues of the Bowleses' literary works, musical compositions and available scores, galleries of photographs, and sound clips from the music (using MIDI files). The site includes transcripts of interviews, and a variety of articles, many consisting of memoirs and personal reminiscences. There is also a page of links to a number of related online sites. This resource continues to grow, and should act as a useful introduction to the work of Paul and Jane Bowles.
The Caribbean Review of Books is a scholarly review journal now offering free access to back-issues, via a free registration process. Even without registering, a visitor may still see and browse the tables of contents, and read the front page of each article. The journal is also available in print form and describes itself as "The Home of Caribbean Books and Writing". It is a revival of the original Caribbean Review of Books which was edited by the late Samuel B. Bandara. At June 2009 the back-issue archive runs from May 2004 to May 2008, offering 17 issues in total. The website also offers full details of the Review, subscription details for the paper edition, a free email newsletter, the Antilles weblog, and a small online bookshop via the Amazon affiliate service.
This very basic website about the work of D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) is created by Diane Marie Ward at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The site contains a bibliography of Lawrence's work which includes some e-texts. This is divided into the following sections: novels; short stories; plays; critical studies/essays; travel writing; letters; poems; translations; and paintings.. A critical bibliography is also included as is a very brief biography. The useful Links page is also divided into sections covering: exhibitions; manuscripts collections; research; societies; texts; and web sites. Altogether a good starting point for Lawrence researchers.
This is the personal website of David Ewick, who is Professor of Comparative Culture at Chuo University, Tokyo. The website contains two substantial book-length works, which are available online for free. The first is "Archive of Japan in English-language Verse", an anthology edited by David Ewick and Irene De Angelis. The anthology represents "work published from 1744 to 2006 by 186 poets", containing poems that express the English-speaking world's "idea" or "vision" of Japan. The anthology is full-text until 1949, but due to copyright restrictions only about 30 poems published after 1949 are given as full-text. There are also biographical and other notes about the poets. The second substantial work by David Ewick is "Japonisme, Orientalism, Modernism: a bibliography of Japan in English-language verse in the early 20th century". It is said to contain "1,161 HTML pages, bibliographical notes for more than 4,000 works, something like 1,100 discrete images, and 45,578 hyperlinked cross-references." Both of these works can be accessed by clicking the thumbnail-sized cover images which are to be found on the right-hand menu of the front page. David Ewick's website also contains, via the left-hand navigation menu, information such as: details of his courses; the work of his students; and abstracts of his published articles.
Dreiser Online is a website dedicated to the American novelist, playwright, short story and travel writer Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945). It is compiled by Roger W. Smith, an independent scholar, and former bibliographer of 'Dreiser Studies', based in New York. It is still a work in progress but already boasts an impressive bibliography of works about Dreiser from 1990 to the present, genealogies of Dreiser and related families, a Dreiser biography and chronology, and media related to Dreiser (including photographs and recordings of compositions by his brother, the popular songwriter, Paul Dresser). The site also has a search facility and a page of links. It is intended to provide information on Dreiser for the scholar as well as the beginning student and to Dreiser's readers worldwide. The bibliography will be expanded to include complete coverage for all years and to include works by Dreiser. Various other facilities are promised including an online forum, an archive of articles, a calendar and a list of works in print. The availability of these will be announced in the 'News' section.Theodore Dreiser published his first novel 'Sister Carrie' in 1900 and went on to produce many other novels, plays, short stories and works of non-fiction. But the novel that is widely regarded as his finest achievement was 'An American Tragedy', published in 1925.
'Elsewhere Journal: a journal for the literature of place' is a full-text ejournal. At May 2009 there are three issues online, freely offered in PDF format. The journal publishes... "a broad range of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction". The first two issues contain mostly poetry and fiction, with two or three non-fiction articles per issue. The third and most recent issue was themed as "Teaching Place", and contains a substantial range of essays, such as: 'Pastoral Science Fiction: The Landscape of Ray Bradbury’s Midwestern Stories'; 'The Rhetorics of Place / Teaching Place as Text'; 'Creation by Disruption: Regionalist Approaches to Contemporary Canadian and American Literature'; 'Academic Treatise or Personal Essay? : Reflecting on Rival (?) Discursive Modes for Place and Nature', among others. This journal with be of interest to those considering how texts can interact with place.
A short story by Herman Melville, The Encantadas, divided into ten travel sketches, which recounts Melville's visit to the Galapagos Islands during his time as a sailor. The sketches were first published as a series for Putnam's Magazine in 1854 and later published together as part of The Piazza Tales in 1856. Melville's other works include Moby Dick, Typee and Billy Budd. The text appears as part of the literature section of About.com, which is a network of sites on specified topics. The site contains advertising.
The website 'Enchanting Ruin: Tintern Abbey and Romantic Tourism in Wales' provides digitised versions of exhibits from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library. These exhibits relate to the ruins if the 12th-century Cistercian abbey, which were commemorated in the well-known poem by William Wordsworth 'Lines, Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July, 13, 1798'. The website presents a selection of images and manuscripts related to the history and geography of Abbey and surrounding areas, as well as some imaginary impressions of this Romantic site in poetry and other writing. The significance of all displayed artefacts is discussed in respective critical commentaries. The material on the website is organised thematically and consists of nine sections, including: 'The Picture of the Mind': Tintern and Vicinity through Images; 'Wreaths of Smoke': Industrial Tintern; 'The Language of Sense': Poetical Tintern; and a famous guide to 'Gleams of Past Existence': Charles Heath's Guide to Tintern Abbey. The resource is hosted by the Library and maintained by the Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan. These pages will be of use to Romantic scholars and anyone whose interests lie in the history and wider context of this iconic abbey.
'Site/Lines: a journal of place' is a free full-text online journal from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Site/Lines is a journal of "place-based writing. It serves as a scholarly and literary forum for essays and reviews of books, exhibitions, and design dealing with landscape themes and projects." It also examines the "social life of landscapes". As of June 2007, eight issues are available for download as PDF files. Issues are normally 24 pages long, and recent issues have themes such as New Orleans, the Botanical Garden, and German parks and landscape design. Readers will find details of the editor and Board of Editors on the last page of each issue.
This is the full-text of a narrative of Sir Francis Drake's voyage around the world, beginning on 15 November 1577, written by Francis Pretty, one of Drake's Gentlemen at arms. The narrative traces the route of the voyage beginning at Plymouth and travelling to the Barbary Coast, Cape Blanco, the islands of Cape Verde, the Cape of Good Hope, the Strait of Magellan, Lima and a new country that they named Nova Albion, among other places. The account includes details about weather conditions, rifling of goods from Spanish ships, descriptions of lands visited and encounters with different peoples.
This section of the Dictionary of Victorian London website contains the full-text of 'Gaslight and Daylight with Some London Scenes They Shine Upon' by George Augustus Sala (London: Chapman and Hall, 1859), a first person narrative that takes the reader on a journey through Victorian London streets, society and politics. The book, a combination of architectural description, social commentary, and journalistic investigation, is accessible chapter by chapter from the main menu; the original page number references have been inserted in the text. Its 34 sections cover several geographical and cultural areas and bear titles such as 'Things Departed', 'Phases of Public Life', 'Arcadia', 'Tattyboys Rents', 'Down Whitechapel Way', 'The Musical World', 'Fashion', and 'The Sporting World'. There is also a link to the Web editor's, Lee Jackson's, blog, The Cat's Meat Shop, a Victorian blog. A further subsite here is the Victorian Dictionary, with information on Jackson and his fiction works on the Victorian era.
The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies is a free full-text academic ejournal of motorcycling culture. The IJMS is published twice a year, and covers the historical experience of motorcycles and "the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature". At November 2008 there are ten issues online, and the focus is largely on the U.S. and British experience. The contact page of the website also gives access to a IJMS Web Board for reader discussions. The website has full details of the Editorial Board, the submission process, and a rationale for the journal. This ejournal will be of great interest to scholars examining the history and/or cultural representation of motorcycling in the English-speaking nations.
This resource, published on the 'Dictionary of Victorian London' website, is an electronic copy of J. Ewing Ritchie's 'About Town' (London: William Tinsley, 1860). The book is focused primarily on the people of London rather than on its streets and buildings, and investigates the habits, pursuits, and environment of its inhabitants. 'About London' tackles subjects as diverse as as 'Newspaper People', 'Spiritualism', 'Coal' and 'Commercial London', discusses 'Town Morals', matrimony and 'Breach of Promise Cases', and contains the author's opinions on matters such as 'Free Drinking Fountains' and 'Concerning Cabs'. It also depicts Highgate, 'Tom Tiddler's Ground', Westminster Abbey and London Bridge, describes 'The House of Commons and the Early-Closing Movement', and has sections on London charities, gents and volunteers, as well as the criminal underworld. As is the case with all full-text publications available on this site, the original print page references have been inserted in the digital text. The site, edited by Lee Jackson, provides links to Jackson's other Victorian sites, including a Victorian Dictionary and his Victorian-themed blog, The Cat's Meat Shop.
Journal of Ecocriticism: A New Journal of Nature, Society and Literature is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal. At October 2009 the journal has published two issues (both 2009), with articles freely available online in PDF form. Example article titles include: 'From Sublimity to Ecopornography: Assessing The Bureau of Reclamation Art Collection'; 'The Post Natural Wilderness & Its Writers'; 'Seamus Heaney's Elemental Ecopoetics: Earth, Water, Air and Fire'; and 'Land of Heart's Desire: Inscribing the Australian Landscape', among others. Issues also have a Commentary section containing opinion articles. The journal is edited from British Columbia, Canada, with an international Editorial Advisory Board. The website has full details of the editors, and the article submission process.
The website of the Latin American travelogues digital collection, part of the Brown University Library's collection, aims to show the richness of travelogues written about trips to Latin America between the 16th and the 18th centuries. The site intends to gather material covering trips to the entirety of the continent. However, at the time of cataloguing, only the trips taken to Brazil are listed. The primary texts, originally published in Britain and North-America, are digitally photographed, bibliographically accurately described, and accompanied by undergraduate essays to illustrate student engagement with these texts. The addition of further itineraries and texts will prove the usefulness of this resource. Its current form shows the richness of travel material and also the pedagogical potential embedded in a unique collection of archival material.
LibriVox is the website of an open volunteer-run project that aims to "make all public domain books available as free audio books". As of May 2007, there appears to be over 600 audio books available, for download as either standard MP3 or OGG audio files. Complete audio books can be downloaded in a standard Windows ZIP file, or individual chapters can be downloaded via a direct link to the relevant audio file. Some books are read by different people for different chapters. All recordings are placed in the public domain, and may be used for any use including commercial uses.
This online magazine brings a distinctively non-white slant to its view of contemporary culture, with features covering politics, music, art, travel and literature, the ‘creole’ of the title is rendered as an eclectic compendium from Jazz to hip hop, through the politics surrounding the evacuation of New Orleans to social unrest in French suburbs, to a truly global selection of fiction reviews. Each issue begins with a polemical editorial, and is divided thematically. The website archives back issues, actively solicits contributions and offers the chance to subscribe to an email newsletter.
Old Junk is a collection, by Henry Major Tomlinson, of stories of travel and chance have been selected from writings published in various periodicals between January 1907 and April 1918, and are arranged in order of time. Included in these stories are 'Old Junk', 'The Derelict' and 'The Voyage of the Mona'. Tomlinson was an English novelist who had previously been a dock worker. He is also the author of Gallions Reach and The Sea and the Jungle. The text is located on the website Robroy, which contains online literature.
This is the website of 'The Paris Review', one of the leading literary magazines in the U.S.A. The website provides tables of contents for the magazine from 1953 to 2009. After around 2006, tables of contents begin to provide a significant number of links to some free full-text items. The website also provides a free full-text 'Interview Archive' organised by date and by A-Z. Not all interviews are in full-text form, but those that are include interviews with: E.M. Forster (1953); Allen Ginsberg (1966); Jack Kerouac (1968); Ezra Pound (1962); Vladimir Nabokov (1967); and Philip Larkin (1982), among others. There are also free audio readings of work that has appeared in the Paris Review, although at April 2008 none of the sample Flash-based audio files tried by this reviewer would play in either Firefox or Internet Explorer. The website also has details of back issues for purchase, the Paris Review book series, the Plimpton Circle and other ways to support the Review, subscription and editorial details, and other details about the magazine.
'Place and Location: Studies in Environmental Aesthetics and Semiotics' is a full-text ejournal and associated conference, published annually from Estonia. The journal is published in English, jointly by the The Research Group of Cultural and Literary Theory, Estonian Literary Museum Institute of Art History, and the Estonian Semiotics Association (Estonian Academy of Arts). At June 2009 there are nine issues online, with eight of these freely offering full-text articles as PDF files. Among the articles are: 'Cultural Natural Signs: Conviviality, Conquest or Conception?'; 'Real Places and Countries in the Fairy Tale World'; 'Visual Post-Folklore in Post-Soviet Space-Time'; 'How Spatial is a Whale? Places and Processes in Zoomusicology', and 'Accidental Tours and Illegal Tour Guides: Taking the Textbook out of the Tour', among many others. Those interested in space/place - and its representations in literature, film and music - will find much of interest in this journal.
This is an online version of the chapter Seafaring and Travel: The Growth of Professional Text-Books and Geographical Literature, from Volume IV of The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, published 1907-1921. This chapter traces the appearance of text books and geographical literature in relation to voyages of discovery. It includes sections on Richard Knolles, Coryats Crudities, Samuel Purchas, Captain John Smith, William Adams, Sir William Monson, Thomas James and Luke Fox. The text appears on the website Bartleby.com, which contains searchable online literature and verse. There is advertising on the site.
Chris Mawson's website, dedicated as it is to the history of the Shell County Guides, holds particular value for those interested in the poet John Betjeman (1906-1984) and the artist John Piper (1903-1992), many of which were edited and written by them. The guides, from their beginnings in 1934 to their demise in 1984, were designed as comprehensive yet chatty introductions to the architectural topography of individual counties, and were aimed at the interested amateur or local historian. Mawson charts Betjeman's involvement with the guides from start to finish, and cites the poet's impressions and opinions on their effectiveness. The guides have since become something of a rarity, and Mawson gives advice on collecting them. There is also a comprehensive bibliography of the Shell series with informative comments from Mawson on their genesis and reception.
The Sigurd F. Olson website, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is dedicated to the writing and influence of a pioneer in wilderness education. It has resources for researchers in environmental history, nature writing, media studies, theology and related disciplines. Sigurd F. Olson (1899-1982), received the highest American award for nature writing, the Burroughs Medal, in 1972, and the site's biography details his impressive list of achievements as an educator, writer and conservationist. The site is well-laid out, with attractive images relating to Olson's love of the natural environment. An overall contents list scrolls down to a short overview of each section of the site, which includes open access complete texts of unpublished speeches, letters and other documents by or relating to Olson, as well as a complete bibliography of his published work. Other sections within the site include a monthly feature on unpublished material by Olson, a timeline of events in his life, and a fully referenced article by Professor David Backes, The Land Beyond the Rim: Sigurd Olson's Wilderness Theology, which analyses Olson's philosophies in depth, as well as essays on Olson's journeys and writing. Recent additions include extracts on video from features on Olson's work. This site is regularly updated and laid out with careful thought for ease of use.
T. E. Lawrence Studies is a website that aims to be the key biographical portal for academic and scholarly studies of T. E. Lawrence, the English author, hero and adventurer, and his role in historical events. The website is rich in content, and has biographical and reference material including maps, photographs, bibliographies and chronologies. There are also essays on such topics as collecting Lawrence items, and a scene-by-scene analysis of the David Lean film 'Lawrence of Arabia'. The website also aims to host the peer-reviewed online research journal, 'T.E. Lawrence Studies', which it is hoped will begin publication in 2007. Some of the journal contributions are already, at October 2007, available via the website in full-text form. The website also has details of the T. E. Lawrence discussion list, and links to its archives. In addition to all the other content, also available on a companion website is "a substantial proportion of Lawrence's published writing". This website and the companion websites are run by Jeremy Wilson, the authorised biographer of T. E. Lawrence.
The "Texts in Context" website hosts a collection of themed online exhibits created by the British Library. Over 400 'everyday' texts are featured in the collection, which seeks to illustrate the histories of the English language in various social and cultural discourses. The featured exhibits are: 'Books for Cooks: 600 years of recipes and remedies'; 'Experiences of Empire: varied perspectives on colonial life'; 'Shipwrecks and Smuggling: the adventures of thieves, sailors and tradesmen'; 'Taking the waters : cures, quackery and the diversions of the spa'; 'Town and Tourists: travellers in search of sea, scenery and science'; 'Dictionaries and Meanings: a history of word-collecting from spelling lists to slang'; and 'Voices in Time and Place: speaking and writing dialect in England'. Each section includes a wide range of (mostly) British primary resources and spans at least a couple of centuries of history. There are many large digitised images of texts, along with some audio files in the dialects section which can be accessed from the left hand menu under "Sounds familiar?" Most of the books and publications featured are not reproduced in full, however, but rather access is given to particularly interesting pages. Background commentary is provided for each selected text. Playing cards with excerpts from various texts and periods can be printed off by downloading the PDF files added to the site. This resource is intended to benefit students studying the evolution of English language and style, and is designed to support A-Level English Language courses. In practice it is likely to have a far broader appeal, and may be of interest to undergraduates interested in particular aspects of British cultural history.
This website describes a series of volumes entitled Grand Voyages by Theodor De Bry, which were published at the end of the sixteenth century. They provide accounts of many of the earliest expeditions to the Americas. There are brief abstracts of the first eight volumes, together with some images taken from the original prints. This page is part of the website of the commercial company Philadelphia Print shop.
This is the website of the Thoreau Society, a society founded in 1941and dedicated to the promotion of the life and work of the American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). The Society collects books, manuscripts, artefacts and publishes two journals: The Thoreau Society Bulletin and The Concord Saunterer. The website has a brief biography, a chronology, a page containing his selected thoughts, and a list of references. The Resources page contains links to other important Thoreau sites including the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and The Thoreau Reader. The regularly updated News and Activities sections provide information about upcoming events organised by the Society and others. Henry David Thoreau is best known for Walden (1854), an account of his experiment in simple living, and the essay Civil Disobedience (1849), advocating passive resistance, which much influenced Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior. He also wrote many essays, poems and reviews, some of which were published in the transcendentalist magazine The Dial.
The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) is a digital archive that provides electronic texts, images, and maps (both historical and interactive) related to Western interaction with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The site gives access to over 70 full-text electronic versions of travel guides, museum catalogues and travel narratives, including works like Edward Lane's Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836); Pierre Loti's Egypt (1909); Lucie Duff Gordon's Letters from Egypt (1865); and a number of 19th century travel guides to Egypt. It also provides over 1,700 historical photographs and hand-drawn images from the region. Although the focus is on Egypt, the site also includes sources and maps related to Cyprus and the Levant.
The electronic texts and images can be accessed through a browse function and through subject headings. The site also includes historical and interactive GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps as well as a number of educational modules that set the materials in context and explore how to conduct historical research. The primary sources available will be of interest to students and researchers at all levels interested in travel writing, tourism, and modern Middle Eastern history, while the interactive educational modules can be used for both classroom and individual study of the resources.
The Travellers in Egypt website is dedicated to the stories of people who have travelled Egypt through history. It is an on-line journal with contribution of many scholars and writers. Egypt has for a long time been considered a land of mysteries where the remains of ancient times seem to function as a beacon for adventurers and curious travellers. There are a plethora of descriptions and reports from the multitude of journeys to Egypt and this site is dedicated to publishing some of those writings along with articles about those people that were drawn to Egypt and their journeys. The site has the appearance of a blog with links to archives and different themes. It is easy to navigate and contains a mass of information. This is a site about the travels to Egypt where the Egyptologically interesting material is secondary to the descriptions of the journeys themselves. It is still a valuable site for anyone interested in Egyptology or the history of Egyptology as well as those interested in travel writing or the culture of Egypt.
This electronic copy of Richard Rowe's 'Life in the London Streets, or Struggles for Daily Bread' (also known as 'Picked up in the Streets') has been prepared for publication by Lee Jackson and can be found on his 'Dictionary of Victorian London' website. It is based on a 'cheap edition, illustrated' published by J.C. Nimmo and Bain of London in 1881, but, unfortunately, the illustrations have not been included in the electronic text; the original print page references, however, have been retained. The body of the book, an eye-witness account of 'the inner life of the humbler classes' and of the 'poverty and destitution' in which they live, consists of a collection of articles initially published in 'Good Words' and other Victorian magazines. Among the 24 chapters one finds titles such as 'Saturday Night at [sic] the East End', 'Death in the Dust-Yard', 'The Flower Girl', 'An Italian Girl's Story', 'From Billingsgate to Bethnal Green' and 'An Afternoon in St. Alban's Parish'.
Traveller's Tales presents a selection of works by some of the most notable travel writers in British history. The earliest featured writings are by the twelfth-century traveller and chaplain to King Henry II, Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald de Barri), although the rest of the texts were all written between 1690 and 1872. The geographical scope of the site is the whole island of Great Britain, with England, Scotland and Wales all well represented in multiple works. Authors include: James Boswell; Daniel Defoe; the agricultural reformer Arthur Young; William Camden, a teacher at Westminster School and Charles Wesley, the Methodist evangelist and hymnist. There are also accounts by several lesser-known figures such as: George Borrow; William Cobbett; Karl Moritz; the Chartists Feargus O'Connor and Henry Vincent; and the farm labourer Edwin Russell. Celia Fiennes' late seventeenth century 'Through England on a Side Saddle' provides an early account by a female traveller. It is possible to compare what different writers said about the same place, by performing a placename search on the main home page. The site is well-presented, with geographical place names hyperlinked to other resources in the excellent 'A Vision of Britain Through Time' Web pages (of which this forms a part). This is one of the best collections of British travel writing on the Web. It should be of interest to the general public and to students alike.
This site, 'The Web of American Transcendentalism,' provides a comprehensive overview, with primary sources and recent secondary research, on the literary transcendentalist movement in the United States. Initially a response to organized religion, this short-lived American movement, which flourished in the 1830s and 1840s, advocated a return to the spirit and teachings of Christ. Yet with its romantic and idealistic roots, it has been absorbed into the fabric of American society and become influential in also helping to change the direction of literature, culture and thought. The site is divided into five main pages: 'Authors and Texts' includes biographical readings, texts, criticism and links to other websites, about major and minor transcendentalists; 'Roots and Influences' lists information about transcendental forerunners and its legacy in literature, influencing the work of, among others, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. 'Ideas and Thought' provides an introduction to the movement and links to its major texts on the philosophy of nature, aesthetics and writing, social and political reform, religion and education. 'Criticism' reproduces papers and articles on literary criticism, historical criticism and a history of the transcendentalist journal 'The Dial'. 'Resources and Bibliographies' includes selected bibliographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and links to other sites on transcendentalism. The site also includes an educational hypertext, administered by the project's director, Professor Ann Woodlief of the Virginia Commonwealth University, which is open to new files on transcendental texts. Scholars are encouraged to submit texts for possible uploading.
This digitisation project: Women's travel writing 1830-1930, is maintained by Wilson Library's Electronic Text Research Center at the University of Minnesota, to help people researching nineteenth and early twentieth century women's travel writing. The project as such does no longer exist but the website is maintained for reference. The site includes women travelller's from and to the United States, as well as selected American and European women travellers to non-Western areas. This site us useful for many reasons. Firstly, it provides full electronic texts of many canonical women travel writers of this period, including Susan Fenimore Cooper's Rural hours (1848); Mary H. Kingsley's work of 1896; Mary Gaunt's Alone in West Africa; Amelia M. Murray's Letters from the United States, Cuba and Canada (1856); and Fanny Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans (1949 edition). Secondly, these electronic texts can be browsed by author, geographic area and various themes such as sea travel and women naturalists. Thirdly, a preliminary bibliographic survey of women's nineteenth century travel sources is also provided catalogued by author, as well as biographies of the main writers, images from the travel texts, maps, portraits and publication histories. Finally, the site provides a list of secondary studies on women's travel writing and a limited but useful list of annotated links to similar websites about women's writing and travel. This site is easy and efficient to use and would be useful to anyone studying and researching women's travel writing of the nineteenth century.
The Yone Noguchi website provides an introduction to the works of this early 20th century Japanese novelist, poet and essayist, described by the academic who created the site as a 'pioneering cross-cultural writer'. The home page is deceptively minimalist: the site contains a lot of information, is well cross-referenced with links between sections, and includes electronic full-text versions of some of Noguchi's books and essays, all written in English. The various sections are accessed by clicking on icons, and a little guesswork is needed to work out what these represent. Clicking on the line-drawing portrait of Noguchi leads to a brief biography; others lead to bibliographies of his novels, short stories, haiku poems, and journalistic essays, many of which can be accessed in full electronic or facsimile versions. Among these are the books 'Lafcadio Hearn in Japan' and 'The American Diary of a Japanese Girl', and a newspaper article on 'Mr Yeats and the No'. The site can also be browsed by subject: books; articles; topic (fiction, haiku, drama); people; and reviews and criticism. Finally, there is a short section of links to other relevant websites.