Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse

The Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse contains 146 full text items. There are also links to a HyperBibliography, a Middle English Dictionary and related sources. The Collection was assembled from works contributed by the University of Michigan and from texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, as well as works created specifically for the Corpus.

LION (Literature Online)

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite”. Romeo and Juliet (act 2, scene 2).  View all of William Shakespeare’s works – full text poetry and drama – in the Library’s LION database (Literature Online); over 5,000 critical references (some full text); links to 44 authoritative Web sites; biography and bibliography. This is an essential resource for students researching Shakespeare’s work.

Literature Online update

  This release of LION sees the inclusion of nearly 400 volumes, well over a thousand individual works, from the Penguin Classics series.  Also added are reference books including Oxford University Press’s Companion to Irish Literature and Concise Companion to English Literature,  4 full-text journals and 76 biographies.

British Library offers e-classics app for iPad

The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad, with nearly 60,000 volumes being made available by the end of the year.

Texts appear in fully digitised form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books.          For just £1.99 a month in the UK  users will be able   to explore historical and antiquarian books that range from classic novels to original accounts by Victorian travellers, and from science and exploration to poetry, memoir and military history.  Visit the British Library website  for more information. 

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive contains over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. You can access the digitised manuscripts as well as the poetry texts. There are biographies of the poets, photographs and correspondence, and links to their biographies in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The database has more to offer. The history student can access photographs, video clips and propaganda posters in the Great War Archive and there are links to 31 online resources such as Art of the First World War. Its educational resources include an exhibition in the three-dimensional virtual world Second Life. This a University of Oxford and JISC project.

Biographies of authors

 The latest release of Literature Online sees the addition of 58 new or revised biographies, including biographies for Simon Gray, David Hare, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Tom Sharpe, Wole Soyinka, Hannah Weiner and Richard Wilbur. Literature Online now contains over 4,500 biographies. Author biographies are specially commissioned for Literature Online, and give an authoritative and accessible overview of the author’s life, work and critical reception. These biographies can be found by following links from Author Pages, by using Search: Criticism & Reference, or simply by entering an author’s name in Quick Search.

Access Literature Online (LION) database from the Learning Resources tab on the Portal.