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Between 1846 and 1847, the serial The String of Pearls, A Romance introduced British readers to Sweeney Todd: a villain who has since been portrayed in numerous plays and films. A team of students and alumni at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, headed by English professor Rebecca Nesvet, have created this website dedicated to this influential serial. As Nesvet explains in the introduction, The String of Pearls was long neglected by English scholars because the serial was largely read by working-class audiences. On this website, visitors can read the serial accompanied by a number of helpful in-text annotations. Visitors can also check out two map tours that enable readers to explore the geographic setting of the serial. As noted in the introduction, until quite recently it was very difficult to locate The String of Pearls. In 2014, the University of North Carolina created a digital facsimile of their copy of the text and made it available on the Internet Archive, making the UWGB project possible. As Nesvet notes, "The UWGB edition will be the first edition of that text to be published since 1850, and the first complete edition with a critical apparatus ever."
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-01-05
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0105

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