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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey

The poet, historian, biographer, travel-writer, translator and essayist Robert Southey (1774-1843) was a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual, one-man literary industry. Loved and loathed by his contemporaries, he was one of the most public and controversial figures in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Britain.

Led by Professor Lynda Pratt, the Collected Letters is based in the School of English, Nottingham, and draws on the expertise of a team of interdisciplinary and international researchers. 


Letter from Southey to Anna Seward, 4 July 1808, Newstead Abbey Roe - Byron Collection RB K116. Reproduced with kind permission of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries: Newstead Abbey.


The project has benefited from external grants from the AHRC, the British Academy, the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Leverhulme Trust.  Research was also made possible by visiting fellowships from the Beinecke Library, Yale University, the Huntington Library, San Marino, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Library, University of Texas, Austin, and Princeton University Library. The Humanities Research Centre and the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Group at the University of Nottingham provided funds for initial pump-priming.

The Collected Letters is being published online and free of access by Romantic Circles, the leading international experts in digital Romanticism.

Parts 1-6 of the edition, covering the years 1791-1821 are completed and available here:

The Collected Letters of Robert Southey - Parts 1-6

Please do have a look!

Work on Parts 7-12 of the edition is ongoing.

You are most welcome to e-mail Professor Lynda Pratt if you have any questions about the project.

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