British Library Puts More Than a Thousand of Its ‘Greatest Literary Treasures’ Online

Something to be excited about…

TIME

The British Library launched a new website Friday where people from around the world can now admire some of its “greatest literary treasures.”

The site is expected to become the biggest digital English literature collection, the Library says. Manuscripts of “Jane Eyre,” the preface to Dickens’s “Oliver Twist,” and an early draft of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” as well as William Blake’s notebook, including drafts of his iconic poems “London” and ‘The Tyger,” are among the collection’s highlights.

The selection focuses on the Romantic and Victorian periods, and also includes the manuscripts of Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Austen, Dickens and Wilde as well as the largest collection of childhood writings of the Brontë sisters.

The British Library had commissioned a survey of over 500 secondary school teachers asking how they think English literature is perceived by young people. Three quarters of teachers say that their…

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