May 23, 2022

Research Tools: Printed Elizabethan Poetry Now Included in Folger Union First Line Index Hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library

From The Collation (Folger Shakespeare Library Blog Post by Erin Blake):

As of September 2019, researchers have 35,261 more reasons to use the Union First Line Index of English Verse, hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. The database now contains all first lines, not just manuscript first lines, from Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first-line index of English verse, 1559-1603, by Steven W. May and William A. Ringler, Jr., the three-volume landmark published in 2004 (London and New York: Thoemmes Continuum, 2004).


As always, the Union First Line Index can be searched by keywords, by words or phrases in specific fields, or a combination.

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