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The British Library: Discovering Literature: 20th Century

Originally featured in the The Scout Report in 2016, we've decided to re-feature this fascinating digital collection held by The British Library. Discovering Literature: 20th Century is a collection of contemporary essays and archival material that centers on "the ways in which key 20th century authors experimented with new forms and themes to capture the fast-changing world around them." This extensive collection, which features over 300 digitized documents from "the British Library collection and beyond" and dozens of multimedia essays by scholars and writers, offers material that may appeal to both English literature (and drama) instructors as well as English literature fans. Folks interested in the archival material will want to immediately scroll to the bottom of this page to locate a notebook draft of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, George Orwell's original notes for 1984, and much more. This collection can also be explored by theme: under the topic of gender and sexuality, readers will find a number of essays related to that topic, including an essay on E.M. Forster and another on actor Murray Melvin. These essays are accompanied by related archival material. Finally, teachers will find a handful of lesson plans via the teaching resources link at the bottom of the webpage.
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