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Links: Books and Texts Online

See also the Authors and Literature page for links to sites that feature the works of a particular author.

General E-Text Sites

19th-Century Girls' Series
http://www.readseries.com/
Loads of books to read online.

The Bolles Collection on the History of London
http://perseus.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/cache/perscoll_Bolles.html
Outstanding collection of digital texts on the history of London.

British History Online
http://www.british-history.ac.uk
A wealth of books and papers transcribed, digitized and available at no charge.

British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815
http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/warpoetry/
Hundreds of poems archived online.

British Women Romantic Poets, 1789 - 1832
http://digital.lib.ucdavis.edu/projects/bwrp/index.htm

The Ex-Classics Website
http://www.exclassics.com/
An ex-classic is a book which used to be a classic, but is no longer read much, or at all. This web site is dedicated to rescuing these works from obscurity and making them available online, both for reading directly, and for downloading. Contains an interesting variety of texts, including the Newgate Calendar.

Google Books
http://www.archive.org/index.php
Search this huge archive by author or title; contains quite a number of Victorian periodicals.

Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org/index.php
An excellent digital text archive, with thousands of books from university libraries, including a great many Victorian periodicals.

LiteraryHistory.com
http://www.literaryhistory.com/
Click "19th Century Literature" to be taken to a list of authors; click an author and you'll find links to loads of e-texts.

Mousehold Words
http://mouseholdwords.com/
Recreates the 19th-century serial novel "experience" by e-mailing you sections or chapters of serial novels at a schedule you choose, without charge. Includes novels by Dickens, Alcott, Wilkie-Collins, and many others.

Open Library
http://openlibrary.org/
This site has a huge library of digital texts (over 1 million); the problem is finding them. You can search by author or title, but if you'd like to locate a particular type of book (e.g., "Victorian poetry"), it gets more complicated. Forget the pages marked "index" as they lead only to the structure of the site itself, not a list of books. The easiest way is to search for a topic, then look at the subject list in the left column for more options.

Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
Thousands of books archived in various digital formats. This is a good place to search by author or title; to look for nonfiction books on British history (including dozens written in the Victorian period), go to the United Kingdom page.

Romantic Circles
http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/index.html
The Romantic Circles Electronic Editions offers a searchable archive of texts of the Romantic era.

Victorian Prose Archive
http://www.victorianprose.org/
Victorian texts of scholarly interest.

The Victorian Women's Writers Project
http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/
Transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

Individual Texts

London Labour and the London Poor
http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/MayLond.html
A fascinating book by Henry Mayhew, primarily concerned with the lives and work of street vendors and costermongers.

Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management
http://www.mrsbeeton.com/
The complete text of this classic recipe and household management book.

The Newgate Calendar
http://www.exclassics.com/newgate/ngintro.htm
The Newgate Calendar was one of those books, along with a Bible, Foxe's Book of Martyrs and the Pilgrim's Progress, most likely to be found in any English home between 1750 and 1850. Children were encouraged to read it because it was believed to inculcate principles of right living -- by fear of punishment if not by the dull and earnest morals appended to the stories of highwaymen and other felons. This site contains the complete contents.

Letters, Diaries, and Autobiographies

Letters, Journals and Speeches of Queen Victoria
The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol. 1 - http://www.archive.org/details/lettersofqueenvi01victuoft
The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol. 2 - http://www.archive.org/details/lettersofqueenvi02victuoft
The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol. 3 - http://www.archive.org/details/lettersofqueenvi03victuoft
Victoria's Speeches in Parliament - http://www.archive.org/details/speechesinparlia00victuoft
Victoria's Journal: "Our Life in the Highlands" - http://www.archive.org/details/leavesfromjouran00victuoft

The Victoriana Women Writers' Letters Project
http://edocs.lib.sfu.ca/projects/VWWLP/VWWLP.htm
Database of the letters and correspondence of three Victorian women (totalling more than 1000 letters).

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