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Letters and lives of the long 18th century...
Electronic Enlightenment is a scholarly research project of the Bodleian Library and the Humanities Division, University of Oxford, and is available exclusively from Oxford University Press.
Unique access to private lives and conversations
Electronic Enlightenment brings the past to life through its web of correspondence: eavesdrop on bankers and booksellers, clockmakers and colonists, engineers and explorers, politicians and poets, physicians and philosophers, scientists and musicians. It offers unrivalled access to the best editions of primary sources in original languages.
The website offers the user the opportunity to cross-search letters from nearly 6,000 correspondents including: Addison, Bentham, Boswell, Boyle, Catherine the Great, Mme du Châtelet, Defoe, Descartes, Ferguson, Flamsteed, Frederick the Great, Gustavus III, Halley, Hobbes, Humes, Locke, Newton, Pope, Price, Richardson, Rousseau, Smith, Steele, Sterne, Swift, and Voltaire. Electronic Enlightenment provides biographical information on over 5,000 individuals, with links to over 1,000 ODNB biographies.
EE gives online access to over 54,000 letters and documents from the best critical editions, including letters in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Russian, as well as Latin and Greek.
EE includes letters to, from, or about Europe, North and South America (including Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela), Australia, and Asia (including China, India, Kazakhstan, and Turkey).
Electronic Enlightenment uses the best critical editions of correspondence. The content currently includes editions from Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Oxford University Press, the Voltaire Foundation (Oxford), and the University of Toronto Press.
Future updates will include further editions from these and the following presses: University of Delaware, Duke University, University of Georgia, Johns Hopkins University, Felix Meiner (Hamburg), Norsteds (Stockholm), Office for History of Science and Technology (University of California, Berkeley), Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki (Florence), Pickering & Chatto (London), Royal Historical Society, Virginia Historical Society and University of Wales.