Finding English Verse, 1650-1800: First-Line Indexes & Searchable Electronic Texts
This checklist itemizes first-line indexes with at least 1000 lines, excluding single-author indexes, which are normally included in critical editions. It includes separate listings of indexes to manuscript verse and printed verse, respectively, a short introductory essay discussing the significance of first-line indexes “for a period when verse circulated anonymously,” and tips on searching an electronic index. (Originally posted in HTML version, updated in PDF format beginning in 2006.)
James Woolley (created by)
James Woolley, “Finding English Verse, 1650-1800: First-Line Indexes & Searchable Electronic Texts,” 2004 (HTML version), 2006 (PDF version); updates: 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2006 (1), 2010 (2). BibSite, Bibliographical Society of America.