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Thanks. And a good suggestion. I see that there are two different renditions of War and Peace, in English, for starters -- and also, for those who know Russian, a sampler of readings at https://goo.gl/P1LYBP -- although nothing quite so substantial.
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"Re Search and Close Reading." Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. Ed. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren Klein. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. 118-38.
If the publication of Debates in the Digital Humanities in 2012 marked the “digital humanities moment,” this book—the first in a series of annual volumes—will chart the possibilities and tensions of the field as it grows.
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Moving wall to paywall: "Dickens's First Effusion" (Dickens Quarterly 31:4, Dec. 2014) is now available at ProQuest Literature Online, too late for Christmas. Scrooge is prefigured in "'Merry Christmas to You;' or, Wishes Not Horses" (1832), which is linked below.
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Tweets about the 20th biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA-20) and the 9th conference of Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-9), held jointly at the University of British Columbia on June 5-7, are collected at https://storify.com/MichaelHancher/aspects-of-dsna-20-shel-9-june-2015. Information about the meetings, including a detailed program, is available at http://events.arts.ubc.ca/dsna-20&shel-9/. Plans are now being drawn up for the next DSNA meeting, to be held in May or June of 2017 at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados; details will appear at the DSNA blog, http://www.dictionarysociety.com/.
Glimpses the 20th biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA-20) and the 9th conference of Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL-9), held jointly at the University of British Columbia. Program and other details at http://events.arts.ubc.ca/dsna-20&shel-9/.
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"Re: Search and Close Reading." Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, ed. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
If the publication of Debates in the Digital Humanities in 2012 marked the “digital humanities moment,” this book—the first in a series of annual volumes—will chart the possibilities and tensions of the field as it grows.
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Poetry above the fold: caption starts "ONE MUST HAVE A MIND OF WINTER"
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"The Commercial History of a Penny Magazine" (1833), ed. Laurie Dickinson and Sarah Wadsworth (1995), is now available at the Internet Archive.
hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Minnesota using Archive-It. This page was captured on 23:46:58 Sep 17, 2015, and is part of the University of Minnesota. College of Liberal Arts (CLA) collection. The information on this web page may be out of ...
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The Google Doodle for today celebrates the first book to be illustrated by photographs, Anna Atkins's Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (London, 1843-53). See Michael Cavna, "Anna Atkins: Google Doodle Artfully Celebrates a True-blue Photographic Pioneer," Washington Post March 16, 2015 <http://goo.gl/pK0hk7>; for examples see also <http://goo.gl/0iWAFv>.

Atkins's work relates to a point I make in "Definition and Depiction," Word & Image 26 (2010): 244-72 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02666280903270360>: 

"Imagine that you see a giraffe on top of a nearby hill in broad daylight; now imagine that you see it at dusk, silhouetted against the sky; now imagine that you see its shadow cast against a wall by single source of bright light; now imagine that you see a tracing of that shadow on the wall (both Pliny and Leonardo traced the origins of painting to such a tracing...); now imagine that you see a scaled reduction of that drawing: what part of your perception at each stage is ‘natural’, what part ‘conventional’? Is the perception of the shape of the giraffe always a matter of convention? Is it inherently unnatural?" (261-62)
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