William Blake Archive Update

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 12:45:13 -0500 (EST)
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk3k@faraday.clas.virginia.edu>
To: humanist@kcl.ac.uk, H-CLC@msu.edu, H-MMEDIA@h-net.msu.edu,
Subject: Blake Archive update

The editors of the William Blake Archive -- Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi -- are pleased to announce that the main research and development phase of the project has now been completed. At the present moment, the Archive contains three copies of The Book of Thel (copies F, H, and O) and two copies of Visions of the Daughters of Albion (copies C and J); all of these works are fully searchable for both text and images, and all are supported by the unique Inote and ImageSizer applications described in our previous updates. At this point we can now move rapidly into a full-time production schedule, adding new illuminated books to the Archive without pausing to address major technical issues. Because we expect that they will be widely used in the classroom, the first books to be added -- at or near the start of the spring semester -- will be The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (copy D) and Songs of Innocence and of Experience (copy Z). Others will then follow, with the goal of making at least one copy of each of Blake's illuminated books available by summer. In addition, work continues on the SGML edition of David V. Erdman's Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, which we anticipate releasing sometime in the spring semester.

Those of you who have been following our progress over the past two years will understand that we've reached a much-anticipated milestone. Thank you for your patience and continued interest in the Blake Archive.

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Matthew Kirschenbaum, Project Manager
The William Blake Archive
Edited by Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi
Email: blake@jefferson.village.virginia.edu
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia, Charlottesville