Guide to Samuel Johnson"
Dr. Jack Lynch's page contains a comprehensive
list of biographies, bibliographies, and
links to Johnson texts available online,
and to other sites about Johnson.
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
This site contains biographical materials,
as well as pictures of Johnson's birthplace,
and links to other historical sites associated
Johnson's London house
Samuel Johnson's London house, where
the Dictionary, the Rambler, and
the Idler were composed, also has
an informative Web site, with illustrations
of Johnson and his circle.
- Bath & Beyond and Bath.co.uk
Take a virtual tour of the spectacular architecture
of Bath, and find out about the town's
links to literary history and its modern
spa facilities at one of these two sites.
Museums and Arts
This site has a link to the Royal Pump Room
Museum in Harrogate, which contains information
on spa history.
Ducey on Celia Fiennes
A biographical article about Celia Fiennes,
by Jean Ducey, for British Heritage magazine.
Celia Fiennes's visit to Bath, with some
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The Grand Tour
Captain James Cook
Third Voyage (1776–1779)
UCLA's excellent online exhibit concerning
Cook's voyages contains Sydney Parkinson's
illustrations of the voyage, bibliographies,
and useful summaries of Cook's discoveries.
The Orpington Astronomical Society maintains
an informative page about the transit of
The Royal Observatory Greenwich contains
information on the history of navigation
and astronomy. The site includes archived
online exhibits on Harrison and the story
of longitude, Edmond Halley, and the Ordinance
Survey (which highlights a display of mapmakers' instruments).
of James Cook
James Cook's portrait by Nathaniel Dance,
held at Britain's National Maritime Museum.
of James Cook
James Cook's portrait by John Webber,
from Australia's National Portrait Gallery.
A simple modern map of Vancouver's route
is available at the National Library of Canada's
- Interested in looking at authentic
eighteenth-century maps? Here are two sources:
Reed Maps Collection
This McMaster University site has a searchable
index (date, country, cartographer) that
will allow you to view maps from ca. 1500
to the 1890s online.
Rumsey Map Collection
This site also has a number of eighteenth-century maps available online,
and will allow you to search by country, zoom in for a closer look, and even
print off maps.
Writing in Canada
Further online readings concerning early
Canadian exploration by men including Henry
Kelsey, Samuel Hearne, Alexander MacKenzie,
Alexander Henry, and David Thompson may be
found at the University of Western Ontario's Early
Writing in Canada online anthology.
"Captain Charles Johnson"
Blackbeard Scourged the Seas"
This article gives an account of the political
situation in Virginia that led to Blackbeard's
demise: Yetter, George Humphrey. "When
Blackbeard Scourged the Seas." Colonial
Williamsburg Journal, 15:1 (Autumn 1992).
Carolina Maritime Museum
An ongoing look at the archaeological work
on a ship supposed to be Blackbeard's Queen
Anne's Revenge, undertaken by the
North Carolina Maritime Museum. The site
also includes information on Blackbeard's
One of the best-known songs about privateering
is "Barrett's Privateers," written
and performed by Canadian folk singer Stan
Rogers. (The song can be found on Rogers' albums "Fogarty's
Cove," "Between the Breaks . . .
Live!" and "Home in Halifax.")
This site contains the words of the song,
and an explanation of the facts and fiction
Sir William "Oriental" Jones
This site contains more translations of Hafiz's
poems by Reza Ordoubadian, as well as a note
on translation by the translator.
Translations of Hafiz (including some by
Jones) at the Medieval Sourcebook.
Find out more about Gertrude Bell, a late
nineteenth-century translator of Hafiz, at
the Robinson Library at the University of
I say 'ghazal,' I mean 'ghuzzle'"
Doty, Gene. Lynx. XI: 2, June 1996.
(Revised 12 November 1998). This article
concerns the form of English ghazals, and
gives a short bibliography of works about
Read more classical Persian poetry in translation
at Iransaga's literature pages.
An electronic text of Sir William Jones's Third
Anniversary Discourse on the Hindus,
which discusses Sir William Jones's contributions
Nathaniel Brassey Halhed
National Portrait Gallery's Portrait
of Goldsmith (studio of Joshua Reynolds).
The home page of the National Portrait Gallery
has a search function that allows you to
look for pictures of many key British writers
and public figures.
An excerpt of Goldsmith's poem, "The
Traveller; or, A Prospect of Society."
Compare two Olivers, two villages, and two
centuries. Oliver Goldsmith had a great nephew,
also named Oliver Goldsmith (1794–1861),
who wrote a poem called "The Rising
Village," about an Acadian village.
You can read about it at Early Canadiana