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I’ve written about this before, but it remains one of my favorite internet resources. The Scout Report. Here is the description from their web page:

“The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Project. Published every Friday both on the web and by email, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable resources on the Internet. Our team of professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource.

Published continuously since 1994, the Scout Report is one of the Internet’s oldest and most respected publications. “

Every week I get their e-mail, and from time to time I like to share one of the resources they have discovered. This week they shared Forgotten Chapters of Boston History. Here is their writeup:

“Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History

People may know about Longfellow and Poe, but do they know about the ongoing
literary feud between these two sons of New England? They will after
perusing this marvelous digital exhibit from the Boston Public Library and
the Massachusetts Historical Society, which explores some of the “forgotten
chapters” of the Hub’s literary history. Designed to complement an in situ
exhibit, this collection contains six thematic sections, along with an audio
introduction and an interactive map of said literary history. The sections
include “The Poet Buried on Boston Common,” “Buried Treasure and Turkeys,”
and “The First Seasons of the Federal Street Theatre.” The “Poet” area is
quite a find, as it profiles the work of Charles Sprague, a Boston poet of
the 19th century who is little-remembered today. The “Buried Treasure” area
features rediscovered literary pieces (and some that should have stayed
hidden) from the literary magazines published in Boston between 1790 and
1860. One the unearthed gems is “A Winter Walk,” which was originally
published under the nom de plume Anonymous, but which was later revealed to
have been penned by Henry David Thoreau. Lastly, the section titled
“Longfellow’s Serenity and Poe’s Prediction” takes on the literary brouhaha
that existed between Longfellow and Poe in the 1830s and 1840s. [KMG]”

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