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Project REVEAL Unveils The Private Pages Of Famous Writers

The collection includes two of the poet Edward Lear's letters to August “Gussie” Bethell, which have self-caricatures on first and third pages, from Dec. 12, 1881.
The collection includes two of the poet Edward Lear's letters to August “Gussie” Bethell, which have self-caricatures on first and third pages, from Dec. 12, 1881.
Credit HARRY RANSOM CENTER, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Fans of English and American literature have a lot of new material to read. Though when we say “new,” there is a bit of a caveat there.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas spent the last year digitizing some of their collections and making them available online in what they call “Project REVEAL.” The collections contain thousands of pages of original source material from many well-known authors such as L Frank Baum, Oscar Wilde and Joseph Conrad to name just a few.

Myke Johns spoke with the project’s director Elizabeth Gushee about what the Ransom Center has made available – including handwritten manuscripts, letters and even drawings.