In literature, there are two key sorts of annotations: marginalia, or the notes jotted down in the margins by the reader, and additional information formally provided in expanded editions of a text, and you can find a bit of both online. Annotated Books Online
is an on-line interactive archive of early modern annotated books
, where researchers can share digitized documents and collaborate on translations. For insight into a single author's notes, Melville's Marginalia
provides just that. For annotations with additional information, The Thoreau Reader
provides context for Walden
), The Maine Woods
, and other writings. Then there's the mostly
annotated edition Ulysses
, analysis of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo
, and the thoroughly annotated US constitution
(twentieth amendment linked previously
). More marginalia and annotations inside.
Writing on writing on the edges: The Marginal Obsession with Marginalia
, by Mark O'Connell for the New Yorker; and Updike's Major Marginalia
, by Dwight Garner for the New York Times Art Beat blog.
The NYU Langon Medical Center has a Literature, Arts & Medicine Database
, which is an annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource for teaching and research in Medical Humanities, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings. Some referenced material is available to read and view online.
More online text: Vladimir Nabokov's lecture on The Metamorphosis