News-sheet — October 2012

New Content

This update enriches EE with some 1,200 new letters and documents and over 240 new correspondents. We have also included high resolution manuscript images for 6 of these letters. While many of the letters originate from traditional print sources, some of the material comes directly from academic colleagues previously unpublished materials for Electronic Enlightenment.

To help make updates to EE's already vast collection easier to understand and read as a group, we have introduced the notion of “Project areas”, which associate new materials within meaningful subsets. For example, in this update we have added materials under the following “Project” headings:

Adam Smith project

An editorial project expanding and enriching the Smith correspondence collection. This update adds two letters Smith wrote to the Edinburgh Review:

For more information, see the Adam Smith project pages.

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Bernardin de Saint-Pierre project

An editorial project publishing the first critical edition of the correspondence of this French author and botanist: the Digital correspondence of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. This update publishes tranche 3 of the edition:

For more information, see the Bernardin de Saint-Pierre project pages.

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Corresponding women project

An editorial project bringing together correspondence and related materials focused on women correspondents. This update begins with a group of letters between the young Irish/Italian novelist Anna Laura Georgina Galloni d'Istria and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and some associated letters written by Clara Mary Jane Clairmont:

For more information, see the Corresponding women project pages.

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Correspondence in translation project

EE's ongoing translation project opens linguistic access to our multilingual correspondence networks. This update adds a new “Collection” comprising over 70 Voltaire letters translated from French into English:

These wonderful letters find Voltaire writing on a wide range of topics: God and mortality, how to write verse, thoughts on Rousseau, urging help for the poor, and appealing in support of a mistreated English admiral.

For more information, see the Correspondence in translation project pages.

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Digital Voltaire project

An editorial project bringing together a range of materials associate with one of great, representative figures of the 18th-century. Includes an ongoing programme creating an updated edition of Voltaire's correspondence, with new letters, new and corrected annotations and high-definition manuscript images. This update adds a new “Collection” comprising over 140 Voltaire letters selected and translated from French into English by Voltaire's great modern editor, Theodore Besterman:

For more information, see the Digital Voltaire project pages.

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Frederick the Great project

An editorial project expanding and enriching the correspondence of Frederick the Great. EE already publishes over 800 letters from the correspondence of this “philosopher king”, mostly drawn from editions of Voltaire and Rousseau. We are pleased to enrich that collection with the addition of previously unpublished manuscripts. We begin with:

For more information, see the Frederick the Great project pages.

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Thomas Gray project

An editorial project expanding and enriching the correspondence of Thomas Gray. Working in collaboration with The Thomas Gray Archive, Bodleian Library, we are greatly improving our Thomas Gray collection, which is based on the standard Paget Toynbee edition (Oxford University Press, 1935):

For more information, see the Thomas Gray project pages.

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Trade and travel project

A major editorial project bringing together correspondence and related materials associated specifically with trade and travel — one of the great “topics” of the 18th century.

Opens with three “Collections” in this new Project area:

For more information, see the Trade and travel project pages.

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New letters mean new biographies!

This update also adds over 250 new correspondents to EE's outstanding biographical dictionary, including:

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Presenting the papers of the 2010 Electronic Enlightenment Colloquium on the sociology of the letter

We have now published the papers from this event in The Letterbook:

To read the papers from this successful event please see the Papers of the 2010 Colloquium.

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