Authoritative Online Editions

Sites like the Blake archive mark an important point of departure from expensive clothbound volumes available in university libraries — and unique items in private collections — to high-resolution facsimiles freely available to anyone with Internet access. Even the nonspecialist (like me) can easily spend hours appreciating Blake’s aesthetic achievement beyond reading the unadorned transcriptions of his poems one might find in an anthology.

The editors have performed a great service for the general public, but what about the exacting standards of literary scholarship? Does the Blake archive meet the expectations of professionals?


Yes, young scholars, you may cite the Blake archive. –“Thomas H. BentonAuthoritative Online Editions (Chronicle of Higher Education)