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  • More than 9,500 titles
  • More than 5.2 million pages
  • 3 original languages (French, English, and German)
  • Cross-searchable with other archives on the Nineteenth Century Collections Online platform


TIME PERIOD: 1790-1840


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Nineteenth Century Collections Online: European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection includes the full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles. The collection is sourced from the remarkable library of Victor Amadeus, whose Castle Corvey collection was one of the most spectacular discoveries of the late 1970s. The Corvey Collection comprises one of the most important collections of Romantic era writing in existence anywhere – including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more – with a focus on especially difficult-to-find works by lesser-known, historically neglected writers.

The Corvey library was built during the last half of the 19th century by Victor and his wife Elise, both bibliophiles with varied interests. The collection thus contains everything from novels and short stories to belles lettres and more populist works, and includes many exceedingly rare works not available in any other collection from the period. These invaluable, sometimes previously unknown works are of particular interest to scholars and researchers.

The Corvey Collection includes:

  • Novels and Gothic Novels
  • Short Stories
  • Belles-Lettres
  • Short Prose Forms
  • Dramatic Works
  • Poetry
  • Anthologies
  • And more

Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, fully searchable content from a wide range of primary sources. Selected with the guidance of an international team of expert advisors, these primary sources are invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines and areas of study, providing never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods.


Significance: As a resource for Romantic literature and historical studies, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. It provides a wealth of fully searchable content with digital research tools that enable scholars to uncover new relationships among authors and works. The inclusion of texts from previously neglected writers further provides scholars with a treasure trove of new research avenues to explore. With the Nineteenth Century Collections Online: European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection, scholars can research a range of topics, including Romantic literary genres; mutual influences of British, French and German Romanticism; literary culture; women writers of the period; the canon; Romantic aesthetics; and many others.

Structure: European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection is available on Gale’s cutting-edge research platform. This state-of-the-art platform was developed using our flexible Agile approach,  incorporating user testing and feedback throughout the process to ensure that we are providing the features that scholars require — such as detailed subject indexing and metadata, textual analysis tools, personalized user accounts, and more — for research in the digital age.

Source:  Content for this archive was sourced from Castle Corvey in Germany through the result of a partnership with Belser Wissenchaftlicher Dienst.


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