The Thomas Moore Archive

Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin (2011). The Thomas Moore Archive. Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway.



The Thomas Moore Archive project was begun in September 2005, with funding from an IRCHSS Thematic Research Project Grant. The eventual aim of this project is to collect the complete poetical, musical and prose works of Thomas Moore (1779-1852) in the form of an online hypermedia archive, thus contributing to the wider availability of the works of a writer who is increasingly seen as a significant figure in several spheres of academic study and popular interest.
With some notable recent exceptions (Emer Nolan, Jane Moore), the majority of Thomas Moore's work has not been the subject of a scholarly edition. In seeking to address this shortcoming, this archive, like a scholarly printed edition, will establish reliable texts and annotation based on principles of sound scholarly editing, but unlike a print edition it will also provide a rich network of interconnected electronic materials: texts of the poetry and prose, digital music files that reproduce the musical accompaniments to Moore's songs, image files of manuscripts and of illustrations that were published in various editions, portraits of Moore, commentary on Moore's work and life, and a bibliography of Moore's work and secondary criticism. Users of the archive will be able to gain rapid access to elements of Moore's work at different levels of specificity. Full texts, particular lines or individual words can be easily retrieved according the needs of the student or scholar, and detailed searching is facilitated. Visual and aural material hitherto difficult to access is made easily available to users from almost anywhere in the world. Such research enables closer study of Moore's sources, influences and relationships to other writers, and is a valuable teaching and research tool for scholars, as well as being of interest to the general enthusiast of Moore's work.

At the current stage in the development of the Thomas Moore Archive, scholarly editions of 'Paradise and the Peri' from Lalla Rookh, and Moore's writings for the Edinburgh Review have been completed, and others are currently in preparation.

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