Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal. “An international group of authors including Sir Philip Pullman are concerned about the National Library’s partnership with the Internet Archive. ‘To find that a great national library like that of New Zealand is collaborating in a scheme to break the cherished copyright laws and give our work away for nothing is profoundly shocking,’ said Pullman, the president of the United Kingdom Society of Authors, in a recent letter sent to the library.”
JSTOR Daily: Introducing American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices from the Inside. “Since 1800, people incarcerated in America have penned articles and organized layouts for hundreds of in-house publications of all sizes, shapes, and lifespans. The American Prison Newspapers archive reflects this diversity. The more than 900 items (and counting) available for open access use include five issues of J-A-B-S, the oldest publication in the archive to date.”
University of Connecticut: History Professor Uncovers Missing Parts of a Prominent Life. “Cornelia Dayton, a professor of history at UConn, has helped uncover some missing pieces in the life story of Phillis Wheatley, author of the first volume of poetry published by an African American. In a prize-winning research paper recently published in the New England Quarterly, Dayton describes her findings on the later parts of Wheatley’s life.” A Web site showcasing the research is underway.
Virginia Commonwealth University: New digital project explores the life and legacy of James Branch Cabell, namesake of VCU’s library
Virginia Commonwealth University: New digital project explores the life and legacy of James Branch Cabell, namesake of VCU’s library. “VCU Libraries has launched a digital hub focused on the literary work, impact and life of Richmond writer James Branch Cabell (1879-1958), who was the author of 52 works of fiction and nonfiction and is the namesake of Virginia Commonwealth University’s library on the Monroe Park Campus.”
Boise State University: A new research tool for Melville lovers: Melville’s Marginalia Online. “Melville’s Marginalia Online is a virtual archive and electronic edition of the handwritten notes and markings in books read by American author Herman Melville. Melville’s Marginalia Online also tracks and documents the discovery of volumes from Melville’s library, which was dispersed after his death in 1891. Scholars and students of literature will be able to gain insights about influences on Melville including the work works of Homer, Shakespeare, and Melville’s friend and fellow writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne.”
Asbarez: Hagop Oshagan’s Work Now Available Online. “The entire oeuvre of Hagop Oshagan, one of the giants of Western Armenian Literature, is now online and easily accessible to all, free of charge. The digitized materials can be found on the website of the Digital Library of Classical Armenian Literature (Digilib) of the American University of Armenia. The project was supported by the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.” The Web site is in Armenian, of course, and while Google Translate handled the site navigation okay, it appeared to mangle the Oshagan works. I could make neither heads or tails of the few translated works at which I looked.
“Knowledge”: Online Exhibit Celebrates Benson Centennial And Diversity Of Thought In The Americas (TexLibris)
TexLibris: “Knowledge”: Online Exhibit Celebrates Benson Centennial And Diversity Of Thought In The Americas. “A new online exhibition, A Hemisphere of Knowledge: A Benson Centennial Exhibit, accessible in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, explores the implications of [Cuban poet and philosopher José] Martí’s words across time and cultures, using a wealth of resources available at the Benson Latin American Collection.
Aleteia: Take a trip through hell, purgatory and heaven with 100 Days of Dante. “100 Days of Dante is a new website through which modern seekers and pilgrims can follow the great epic poem with free video presentations three times a week. The journey begins on September 14, the date of Dante’s death in 1321, and concludes on Easter 2022. The three books of the Divine Comedy, known in Italian as Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, are divided into 33 chapters known as cantos. Each video will present one canto, with commentary on it from leading experts in Dante studies.”
Boing Boing: Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog archives back online. “After her death, Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog eventually went offline. But it’s now back and now stands as a remarkable memoir, embarked upon by the the illustrious author at 81 years old.”