Erica Haugtvedt, Ph.D.
From the Blake Archive itself: "A free site on the World Wide Web since 1996, the Blake Archive was conceived as an international public resource that would provide unified access to major works of visual and literary art that are highly disparate, widely dispersed, and more and more often severely restricted as a result of their value, rarity, and extreme fragility. A growing number of contributors have given the Archive permission to include thousands of Blake's images and texts without fees."
The Victorian Web is one of the oldest scholarly websites, originating in 1987 in spaces that preceded the internet. Unlike many other sites, the Victorian web emphasizes links between information rather than ideas as isolated and independent. Contributions to the website are reviewed 3-4 times before publication. While the website is self-funded, it is owned and edited by George P. Landow, Professor Emeritus of English and the History of Art at Brown University. The site is an excellent encyclopedic resource for all things Victorian.
Victorian Women Writers Project
The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) began in 1995 at Indiana University and is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. VWWP contains scores of authors, both prolific and rare.
Dickens Journals Online
Dickens Journals Online provides complete digital facsimiles of Dickens's weekly magazines, Household Words and All the Year Round. The project is maintained by the University of Buckingham and is led by Dickens scholar John Drew. The website is an invaluable resource for studying Victorian periodical culture, and allows students and scholars alike to encounter Dickens's journals in a richer historical and material context.
Project Boz is an initiative by the George C. Gordon Library of Worcester Polytechnic Institute to digitize all of Charles Dickens's novels in their original serial form. Each of Dickens's novels, including roughly 12,000 pages of text, original advertisements, and illustrations, will be scanned: Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey & Son, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Project Boz ("Boz" was Dickens's early pen name) seeks to promote a greater appreciation for Dickens by offering an online means for researchers and the general public to read, experience, and study Dickens’s works in their original 19th-century form. The project is part of the Dickens 2012 Bicentenary initiative, a planned international celebration of Charles Dickens's 200th birthday. To realize these goals, WPI’s Gordon Library is collaborating with the Charles Dickens Museum of London, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, and the Worcester branch of the Dickens Fellowship.
Project Boz was made possible by a Library Service Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Victorian Serial Novels.org: Read Like a Victorian is a website designed to facilitate synchronic reading experiences in the classroom, and to aid researchers studying nineteenth-century serialization and the periodical press. The website presents timelines showing when novel parts came out, elucidating which Victorian novels were being published simultaneously. The website further provides links to Project Gutenberg and Dickens Journals Online for chapter text corresponding to the content of serialized parts. Illustrations and part wrapper images are provided when available.
At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901
Begun in 2007, At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901 offers a biographical and bibliography database of nineteenth-century British fiction. Currently, the database contains 12729 titles by 2852 authors (more statistics). The database is hosted by the Victorian Research Web, a major and free research resource for Victorian scholars.
How to Use
To browse a list of authors, titles, publishers, years, genres (novels sharing a common subject), or groups (authors sharing a common trait), use the links under "Novels" in the navigation bar. To browse a list of periodicals carrying serialized novels or a list of serializations by year, use the links under "Serials" in the navigation bar.
To search for a particular author or title, use "Search."
Statistical information about novel production (e.g., prolific authors, number of serializations) may be found under "Statistics."
All multi-volume novels from The English Catalogue of Books, Volume I-V
All multi-volume novels from the British Library Integrated Catalogue
Biographical entries for over 300 authors
Links to Google Books for over 600 titles
Serialization information from over 150 periodicals, including All the Year Round, Belgravia, Blackwood's Magazine, Cornhill Magazine, Fortnightly Review, The Manchester Weekly Times, Temple Bar, and Tinsley's Magazine
Price One Penny: Cheap Literature 1837-1860
Price One Penny: Cheap Literature, 1837-1860 (POP) contains a database which catalogues early Victorian penny fiction and thereby enables easy access to surviving copies and accurate bibliographic information. It is peer-reviewed and aggregated into NINES. It also includes an electronic edition of "The Mysteries of the Inquisition", translations of a French novel by a fascinating couple of author-lovers published in the London Journal on the one hand and by George Peirce on the other.
Victorianist scholars and collectors alike should find the database very helpful. It will also prove of use to those researching transmission of French and American popular culture. You may search by title or browse by work, author, publisher, periodical, or library.
The edition, designed both for readers of historical fiction and for academics, is a testament to the creativity of George W. M. Reynolds not only as author of The Mysteries of London, but also as translator. Publishing historians will be interested in the competition between his translation and that put out by George Peirce.
Streaky Bacon: A Guide to Victorian Adaptations
The aim of Streaky Bacon is not simply to memorialize the Victorians. Our emphasis on adaptation evidences our commitment to studying how Victorian texts remain alive in the twenty-first century. Often, the adaptations take a stance that would have shocked the text’s author. Indeed, for John Glavin the most exciting aspect of an adaptation is its potential “to open a back door to current critical practice” (Glavin 13). Often audiences who know the precursors experience “not their continuation but their transgression. The adaptations freewheelingly reverse or invert these sources even as they work to retain the original emotional resonance” (Glavin 35).
BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History
This site, which is intertwined with Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925. Unlike dry chronologies that simply list dates with minimal information about the many noteworthy events of a given year, BRANCH offers a compilation of a myriad of short articles on not only high politics and military history but also “low” or quotidian histories (architecture design, commercial history, marginal figures of note, and so on). Since no one scholar could hope to provide a complete overview of an entire century of British society, I have compiled material from a host of scholars working on all facets of the British nineteenth century.
Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net
Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) is an international, open access journal devoted to British Nineteenth-Century Literature (ISSN 1916-1441). The journal was founded by Michael E. Sinatra as Romanticism on the Net in February 1996. It expanded its scope in August 2007 to include Victorian literature (under the editorship of Dino Franco Felluga). In January 2015, Jason Camlot became the new Victorian editor.