The Matthew Prior Project

This website is, I think, an excellent example of how a Late Modern English collection of letters could be published. Currently, as Phase I of the project, it contains a calendar of Prior’s complete correspondence (nearly 3000 letters!). One of the compilers, Deborah K. Wright, has informed me that Phase II of the project, which entails the publication of the actual letters online, will start this year. I think I am not alone in saying that I would be very interested in seeing the letters published. Hopefully, a project like this will inspire the publication of more open-access databases of letters, as they open up immense new opportunities for research into Late Modern English.

We have also just added a link to the project in Historical Sociolinguistics and Sociohistorical Linguistics.

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  1. Sam

    The good people at CELL are also involved in making open-access dbs of correspondences online: here’s a list of their projects. I’m afraid they’re mainly EModE, but for instance The Letters of William Herle is a wonderful tool and resource and well worth having a look at.

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