Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

British Literary Materials in Special Collections: Getting Started

Guide to archival and rare print resources in British literature available in Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Overview of the Collections

Duke's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds rare and unique materials for the study of many periods of British literature, with the following areas of strength from 1600-1950:

  • Works of John Dryden and John Milton
  • Development of the novel, including first and other early editions of Defoe, Fielding, Goldsmith, and Swift
  • 18th-century poetry, especially Alexander Pope
  • 18th- and 19th-century drama
  • Early editions and unique copies of Romantic poetry
  • The Victorian era: periodicals, novels, and women writers
  • Utopian and dystopian literature
  • The Bloomsbury Group, especially the productions of the Hogarth Press

Current Collecting Priorities

  • Additional materials to complement the strengths noted above
  • English literature in Germany, 1600-1850
  • Literature and the British Empire
  • Works by women, especially 19th century
  • Popular Victorian fiction
  • Illustrated editions of canonical works
  • Gift books and annuals

Associate Curator of Collections

Sara Seten Berghausen's picture
Sara Seten Berghausen
Contact:
David M. Rubenstein Library
080K Rubenstein Library
919-660-5958 (please leave a voice mail to generate an email message I will receive remotely)