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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey, Part Two: 1798-1803

We are pleased to announce the second part of an eight-part electronic edition of the Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part Two is edited by Lynda Pratt and Ian Packer.

Robert Southey, as many of our readers know,  was one of the best-known, controversial and innovative writers in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Based upon extensive new archival research, this Collected edition makes available for the first time all his surviving letters, freshly edited, annotated and introduced.

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Grave of Margaret King in disrepair

Margaret King GraveRomantic Circles recently received a correspondence alerting us to the state of disrepair into which the headstone of Margaret King Countess Mount Cashell, a pupil of Mary Wollstonecraft and friend to Mary Shelley, has fallen (see photo). Buried next to her husband, George Tighe, in the Old English Cemetery at Leghorn in Livorno, Italy, King's grave site, along with most others in the cemetery were, until recently, covered with vegetation, earth, and roots. A group of volunteers began cleanup of the entire cemetery last year. The graves span the years 1600 to 1838 when the cemetery was closed. The chief volunteer, Matteo Giunti maintains a blog chronicling their restoration efforts.

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Editing and Reading Blake, a Romantic Circles Praxis volume

Romantic Circles is please to announce the publication of Editing and Reading Blake, a new volume in our Praxis series. Co-edited by Wayne C. Ripley and Justin Van Kleeck, this collection of essays looks at the profound challenges William Blake poses to both editors and readers. Despite the promises of the current multi-modal environment, the effort to represent Blake's works as he intended them to be read is increasingly being recognized as an editorial fantasy. All editorial work necessitates mediation and misrepresentation. Yet editorial work also illuminates much in Blake's corpus, and more remains to be done.

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Blake Archive publishes new copies of Blake's Visions

The William Blake Archive <www.blakearchive.org> has announced the publication of electronic editions of Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion copies E and I, in the Huntington Library and Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art, respectively. They join copies a, A, B, C, J (1793), F (c. 1794), G (1795), and O and P (c. 1818), previously published in the Archive.

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Romantic Circles selected as "Historic Collection" by Library of Congress

The United States Library of Congress has selected Romantic Circles (www.rc.umd.edu) for inclusion in its historic collections of Internet materials. The Library's traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress and to the American people to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including Web sites.  Over time, the Web archiving team will make Romantic Circles available to researchers both onsite at Library facilities and though the Library's public Web site  http://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/.

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Short-Term Research Fellowships at NYPL

via Elizabeth Denlinger, curator of  The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at the NYPL:

The New York Public Library is delighted to announce the availability of up to ten fellowships to support visiting scholars pursuing research in the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs; or Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.  Fellowships will range from $2,500 to $3,000.

Scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.

Applications must demonstrate how The New York Public Library’s collections are essential to the research proposed, and successful applicants are expected to contribute a report on their findings, suitable for posting to the Library’s website, at the conclusion of their research.

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John Cam Hobhouse diary: fresh content and new location

The diary of John Cam Hobhouse on the Web has undergone some changes. It's current location at www.Hobby-O.com has moved to the Blog site of Peter Cochran at http://petercochran.wordpress.com/hobhouses-diary/. With the move comes significant new content, including full coverage from the years 1809-1824 and new material from Hobhouse's time in London and Switzerland.

From the foreword to the Hobhouse diary:

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Karl Kroeber (1926-2009)

We note with sadness the death on Sunday, November 8 of the distinguished scholar of the romantic period, former Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Karl Kroeber. A notice and a separate appreciation appeared yesterday in the Columbia Spectator.

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