Wanna tell me again how the Internet is killing literature?

While U.S. library budgets become ever more microscopic, the British Library continues to scan some of its oldest, most treasured documents, placing them online so readers the world over can take a gander at, for instance, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The most recent addition to the already spectacular offerings: the library’s “93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642.” Among other things, you can compare early versions of Hamlet.

As long as I’m trotting out the aged texts, if you’ve never seen the Gutenberg Bible online, have a look.


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