Samuel Johnson

  • "A 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.
  • The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
    This site contains biographical materials, as well as pictures of Johnson's birthplace, and links to other historical sites associated with Johnson.
  • Samuel 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.

Celia Fiennes

  • Bath & Beyond and
    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.
  • Harrogate Museums and Arts
    This site has a link to the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate, which contains information on spa history.
  • Jean Ducey on Celia Fiennes
    A biographical article about Celia Fiennes, by Jean Ducey, for British Heritage magazine.
  • Fabled City
    Celia Fiennes's visit to Bath, with some illustrations.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

The Grand Tour

Captain James Cook

  • Cook's 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.
  • Transit of Venus
    The Orpington Astronomical Society maintains an informative page about the transit of Venus.
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich
    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).
  • Portrait of James Cook
    James Cook's portrait by Nathaniel Dance, held at Britain's National Maritime Museum.
  • Portrait of James Cook
    James Cook's portrait by John Webber, from Australia's National Portrait Gallery.

George Vancouver

  • Passageways
    A simple modern map of Vancouver's route is available at the National Library of Canada's Web site.
  • Interested in looking at authentic eighteenth-century maps? Here are two sources:

    Lloyd 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.

    The David 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.
  • Early 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"

  • "When 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). 22–28.
  • North 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 piratical career.
  • "Barrett's Privateers"
    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 behind it.

Joseph Pitts

Sir William "Oriental" Jones

  • The Iranian
    This site contains more translations of Hafiz's poems by Reza Ordoubadian, as well as a note on translation by the translator.
  • Medieval Sourcebook
    Translations of Hafiz (including some by Jones) at the Medieval Sourcebook.
  • Gertrude Bell
    Find out more about Gertrude Bell, a late nineteenth-century translator of Hafiz, at the Robinson Library at the University of Newcastle.
  • "When 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 ghazals.
  • Iransaga
    Read more classical Persian poetry in translation at Iransaga's literature pages.
  • Chapter One
    An electronic text of Sir William Jones's Third Anniversary Discourse on the Hindus, which discusses Sir William Jones's contributions to linguistics.

Nathaniel Brassey Halhed

Oliver Goldsmith

  • Portrait of Goldsmith
    National Portrait Gallery's Portrait of Goldsmith (studio of Joshua Reynolds).
  • National Portrait Gallery
    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.
  • University of Toronto
    An excerpt of Goldsmith's poem, "The Traveller; or, A Prospect of Society."
  • Early Canadiana Online
    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 Online.

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