The Digital Miscellanies Index is a three-year Leverhulme-funded project that will create a freely available online database of the 1,000 poetic miscellanies published over the course of the eighteenth century.

About the project

Poetic miscellanies are vital to understanding the diversity of eighteenth-century literary culture. In mapping the contents of these popular collections, the Digital Miscellanies Index will enable researchers to know, with greater precision and scope than ever before, who was reading what, when and how.

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A New History of Authorship and Reading
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Research Project Grant from the Leverhulme Trust to fund a new phase of miscellanies research, which will, amongst other things, create a unified database of poetic miscellanies from 1560-1780. The project begins in June 2014, and we will be advertising for a postdoctoral position at Easter.

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The Digital Miscellanies Index database is live!  You can find the database here. There are still refinements to make, and glitches to fix, but please have a look at it and see what you think. We are interested in any feedback you may have. 


Miscellanies now exist on Wikipedia! For an excellent new survey of the form and its uses, see
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