The Shelley-Godwin Archive

The Shelley-Godwin Archive aims to provide access to the digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, bringing together online the widely dispersed handwritten legacy of this family of writers. These authors produced a body of work that includes the manifesto to which almost all women’s movements since the late 18th century have traced their origins, a pioneering treatise seen as a cornerstone of philosophical anarchism, various works of poetry, and Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.

This website is still in progress. In December 2014, it contained all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein. These consist of the now disbound pages from five notebooks that are currently present at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Images are shown in high definition. Each image is accompanied by a transcription, based on Charles E. Robinson’s 1996 edition. For manuscripts that contain writing of more than one author, there is the option to isolate the writing of each author.

Each notebook can be browsed page by page. In addition, it is possible to search in the transcription of the entire collection and to refine the results.

The result of a partnership between the New York Public Library and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, in cooperation with Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the website also includes key contributions from the Huntington Library, the British Library, and the Houghton Library. In total, these partner libraries contain over 90% of all known relevant manuscripts. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Thursday, 4 June 2015 - 9:22pm
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