British Library Purchases Poet's 40,000 eMails

04/25/2011 11:38 am ET | Updated Jun 25, 2011

E-mails don’t have the inky charisma of handwritten manuscripts, but they’re more and more a part of literary archives. For instance, when the British Library announced this week that it has acquired the poet Wendy Cope‘s archive, it made much of the hybrid nature of the material, which includes thousands of e-mails.

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