The Romantic Era Redefined is a new, genre-redefining electronic collection of Romantic-era literature (c.1800-1830). The Library now has online access following a successful trial of the database earlier this year.
In partnership with Pickering & Chatto Publishers, Alexander Street Press is publishing over 170,000 pages of text by writers from Britain, the British Empire, and North America. There are currently 98,595 pages from 1,612 sources, following the latest update (9 June 2009). Included is poetry, prose, drama, letters, and diaries—along with political, philosophical, scientific, and sociological works. The works are reproduced in their entirety. Whenever possible, an image of the original page accompanies the text.
This is the first time that Pickering & Chatto’s highly acclaimed critical editions have been made available in electronic format, allowing scholars to examine the texts in new ways. Important texts that have been long overlooked will be rediscovered, and researchers will be able to trace new interrelationships among these works.
In addition to Pickering & Chatto's critical editions, The Romantic Era Redefined includes the only complete digital version of the quarterly journal The Wordsworth Circle, the international academic journal devoted to the study of English literature, culture, and society during the Romantic era.
The Romantic Era Redefined presents the writings of Maria Edgeworth, Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, Elizabeth Inchbald, Harriet Martineau, Joanna Baillie, Thomas DeQuincey, Mary Russell Mitford, and John Thelwall, among dozens of other writers of the time.