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About the Literature Collections

Each literature collection has been developed with its own specialist editorial board to advise on the selection of texts and editions. Editorial policies may therefore vary from collection to collection; however, the guiding principles of authority, comprehensiveness and inclusiveness have been applied consistently. The general policy has always been to include either an authoritative collected edition for each author or first editions of individual works as appropriate.

Follow the links below to read more about editorial policies specific to each collection, or find out more about our text conversion process.


Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Second Edition: This digital edition of modern and contemporary American poetry was launched as a Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collection in May 2008 and completed the following year. Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Second Edition brings together two pre-existing Literature Collections, Twentieth-Century American Poetry and Twentieth-Century African American Poetry, with over 500 volumes of previously unavailable material. To request a trial of this collection, please fill in the trial request form.

We are delighted to announce that an upgraded edition of the King James Bible is now available. The upgraded Literature Collections have a new, bolder and cleaner interface, more intuitive navigation, new background technology and a range of unique features to meet the needs of current users. This upgrade is part of a programme of improvements to the Literature Collections.

African Writers Series: This digital edition of the historic Heinemann print series was launched as a Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collection in July 2005 and completed in 2009. The African Writers Series contains over 250 works from the original print series. To request a trial of this, please fill in the trial request form.

Twentieth-Century Drama: The digital collection of Twentieth-Century Drama was launched as a premium Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collection in 2004 and completed in late 2010. Twentieth-Century Drama offers unparalleled access to a substantial collection of the most important and influential drama of the last century. To request a trial of this, please fill in the trial request form.




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