Friday, September 14, 2007

Carlyle Letters Go Digital

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 September 2007:

"It was good of God, a catty observer wrote more than a century ago, to marry Thomas and Jane Carlyle together, 'and so make only two people miserable instead of four.'

"That’s a famously unkind cut at two of the central figures of the Victorian era, prolific writers who captured the spirit of this time of burgeoning industrialism and empire in their many letters. But readers can now decide for themselves whether the Carlyles were shallow creeps or keen observers (or both) because Duke University Press has just published Carlyle Letters Online.

"The archive features thousands of letters written by the Carlyles to more than 600 recipients: politicians, poets, scientists, and others. Each letter in the collection is indexed with multiple terms and can be searched by date, subject, and recipient. Similar letters are linked to each other through a network that designers hope will encourage discovery and facilitate research. Thanks to an interface developed by HighWire Press, part of the Stanford University Library system, users can save searches to personal folders and get alerts whenever the collection is updated."

Shown here: Thomas Carlyle (top); Jane Welsh Carlyle (bottom)


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