Literature and Culture

Literature and Culture Collection

Rotunda’s Literature and Culture collection offers scholars and students at all levels an invaluable source of primary and secondary materials by some of the most enduring poets and prose writers from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.

George HerbertThe Digital Temple: A Documentary Edition of George Herbert’s English Verse
Edited by Robert Whalen and Christopher Hodgkins
The Digital Temple offers diplomatic and modern-spelling transcriptions of Williams MS. Jones B62, Bodleian MS. Tanner 307, and The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, first edition (STC 13183, Folger Shakespeare Library copy). These may be viewed, alongside digital images of the sources, either as discrete witnesses in their entirety, or as individual poems in parallel display, the latter with a full set of critical annotations and textual notes.

DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s Correspondences: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
Edited by Martha Nell Smith and Lara Vetter, with Ellen Louise Hart as consulting editor
Unpublished in book form during her lifetime, the poems of Emily Dickinson were nonetheless shared with those she trusted most—through her letters. This XML-based archive brings together seventy-four poems and letters from Emily’s correspondence with her sister-in-law and primary confidante, Susan Dickinson. Each text is presented with a digitized scan of the holograph manuscript.

Clotel“Clotel” by William Wells Brown: An Electronic Scholarly Edition
Edited by Christopher Mulvey
The first African American novel, Clotel was published in 1853 in London, when its author was still legally a slave in the United States. This digital edition presents, for the first time together, the full extant texts of the novel’s four versions, which may be read individually or in parallel.

Herman Melville's 'Typee':A Fluid-Text EditionHerman Melville’s “Typee”: A Fluid Text Edition
Edited by John Bryant
Working from the existing chapters of Melville’s own draft of Typee, John Bryant attempts to re-create the novel’s actual writing process as a chronological sequence. This edition also offers a complete diplomatic transcription of the manuscript and a high-resolution photograph of each manuscript page.

The Letters of Matthew ArnoldThe Letters of Matthew Arnold
Edited by Cecil Y. Lang
Matthew Arnold was the preeminent poet/critic of the second half of the nineteenth century. Including nearly 4,000 letters, this work represents the most comprehensive and assiduously annotated collection of his correspondence available.

The Letters of Christina RossettiThe Letters of Christina Rossetti
Edited by Antony H. Harrison
Christina Rossetti has come to be considered one of the major poets of the Victorian era. Combining all four volumes of the print edition, this archive makes available all of Rossetti’s extant letters, almost two-thirds of which had never been published.

Journal of Emily ShoreJournal of Emily Shore: Revised and Expanded
Edited by Barbara Timm Gates
This precocious young Victorian woman wrote of politics, natural history, her progress as a scholar and scientist, the worlds of art and literature. Emily Shore wrote, too, of her illness and impending death. Her journal is a record of a brief but remarkable life, and this new digital edition is expanded to include transcriptions from two recently discovered manuscript volumes and a new introduction by the editor.


The print editions of The Journal of Emily Shore, The Letters of Matthew Arnold, and The Letters of Christina Rossetti are part of Virginia’s Victorian Literature and Culture Series.