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  • A Modest Proposal

    Book, Manuscript

    I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is...

  • Aldhelm's Riddles

    Manuscript Created date: Late 10th century – early 11th century

    Aldhelm’s Latin verse Enigmata or Riddles was widely read and studied in the Middle Ages, both in England and on the Con...

  • Alexander Pope's translation of The Iliad, written...

    Manuscript, Letter Created date: 1707–1722

    Alexander Pope’s version of The Iliad – Homer’s Greek epic poem – was drafted on scraps of paper, often using the back...

  • Ancrene Wisse

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1200

    In the early 13th century, three sisters decided to each have themselves walled up inside a cell. They chose to live alo...

  • Angela Carter's manuscript notes on fairy tale mat...

    Manuscript, Notebook Created date: 1984, 1992, n.d.

    After publishing the renowned Bloody Chamber and Other Stories in 1979, Angela Carter’s name and work became fundamental...

  • Autograph poems by Katherine Philips

    Manuscript, Letter, Playscript Created date: c. 1650–1664

    These manuscripts – two poems handwritten by Katherine Philips, and a scribal copy of an extract from her play Pompey (1...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1000

    Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest....

  • Bestiary, with extracts from Gerald of Wales

    Manuscript Created date: Late 12th-century–early 13th century

    A bestiary contains Christian allegorical lessons based on the characteristics and habits of animals found in nature and...

  • Brontë juvenilia: 'The Young Men's Magazine No. Th...

    Manuscript, Artwork, Image Created date: 23 August 1830

    This little book is the third issue of The Young Men’s Magazine. Although Charlotte Brontë finished it on 23 August 1830...

  • Censored script of Look Back in Anger by John Osbo...

    Manuscript, Typescript, Draft, script Created date: 1956

    These are selected pages from the script of Look Back in Anger as it was submitted to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office in 1...

  • Censored script of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Erro...

    Manuscript, Manuscript annotation, Playscript, Typescript

    Trinidadian-born Errol John won the Observer’s prize for Best New Playwright with Moon on a Rainbow Shawl in 1957. It wa...

  • Censored script of The Birthday Party by Harold Pi...

    Manuscript, Typescript, Playscript Created date: c. 1958

    This is the typescript of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party which was sent to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office in April 19...

  • Collection of moral tracts

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1290

    The Cistercian nunnery of Notre-Dame-la-Royale at Maubuisson in France probably commissioned this collection of tracts a...

  • Confessio Amantis

    Manuscript Created date: 1425–1475

    The Confessio Amantis by John Gower was written between 1386 and 1390. Gower was a contemporary and friend of Geoffrey C...

  • Correspondence between Frances Burney and the publ...

    Manuscript, Letter Created date: 1770‒1838

    When Frances Burney (1752–1840) first published her novel Evelina, she did so in strictest secrecy, concealing both her...