The Broadview British Bookshelf

The Broadview British Bookshelf provides digital access to over 330 meticulously edited works of British Literature.

For more than 30 years, Broadview’s editions have presented classic works of literature, both canonical and lesser-known, in a reader-friendly format with scholarly introductions, footnotes, and appendices to situate each work in its historical and cultural moment. This new digital Bookshelf provides instant, affordable, and user-friendly access to our celebrated editions. All books are provided through the VitalSource eBook platform, which is accessible on computers and mobile devices.

“The Broadview series is not just great for teaching; it also has changed the way we do scholarship.”

—Suzanne Daly, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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—Washington Post

What is the Broadview British Bookshelf?

Broadview’s editions have been warmly welcomed into countless classrooms since the inaugural volumes were published in 1994. They are valued among experts, students, and collectors alike for their reliability, helpful annotations, accessible introductions, and enlightening appendices. The Broadview British Bookshelf is one of a collection of available Bookshelves.

Now, for the first time, a collection containing over 330 of Broadview’s British literature editions—from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales to The Waste Land and Mrs. Dalloway—is available in one place at an affordable price.

All books are provided through the VitalSource eBook platform, which is accessible on computers and mobile devices. The VitalSource interface provides:

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Included Titles


Old English Poetry: An Anthology (BABL Edition)
Beowulf, second edition (c.1000)
The Four Branches of The Mabinogi (c.1100)
The History of the Kings of Britain (12th C) Geoffrey of Monmouth
The Lais of Marie de France (12th C)
The Alexandreis (c.1175) Walter of Châtillon
The Miracles of the Virgin (c. 1280-1500)
The Wooing of Our Lord (13th C)
Quest of the Holy Grail(13th C)
The York Corpus Christi Play (c. 1376-1569) (BABL Edition)
Pearl(14th C)
Richard Coeur de Lion (14th C)
Cleanness (14th C)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (14th C)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Facing Page Translation (14th C)
The Canterbury Tales, second edition (14th C) Geoffrey Chaucer
Troilus and Criseyde (14th C) Geoffrey Chaucer
The Siege of Jerusalem (14th C) (BABL Edition)
Le Morte Darthur: Selections (15th C) Sir Thomas Malory (BABL Edition)
The Works of Gwerful Mechain (late 15th C) (BABL Edition)
Utopia (1516) Thomas More (BABL Edition)
The Digby Play of Mary Magdalene (c. 1520) (BABL Edition)
The Jew of Malta (1590) Christopher Marlowe
Edward II (1593) Christopher Marlowe
Tamburlaine the Great, Parts One and Two (1597) Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus, second edition (1604) Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus: The B Text (1616) Christopher Marlowe
The Spanish Tragedy (1592) Thomas Kyd
Selimus (1594) Robert Greene
Jack of Newbury (1596) Thomas Deloney (BABL Edition)
The Merchant of Venice (1596-97) William Shakespeare (BABL Edition)
As You Like It (1598-99) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
Henry IV, Part One (1598) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
Hamlet(1599) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
Julius Caesar (1599) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
Twelfth Night (1602, 1623) William Shakespeare (BABL Edition)
Othello (1603) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
King Lear (1608, 1623) William Shakespeare (BABL Edition)
King Lear (1608, 1623) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
The Winter’s Tale (1610, 1623) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
Henry V (1623) William Shakespeare (ISE Edition)
The Memoir of 1603 and The Diary of 1616-19 (17th C) Anne Clifford
The Excellencies of Robert Boyle (17th C)
The Alchemist(1610) Ben Jonson (BABL Edition)
Coryats Crudities: Selections (1611) Thomas Coryate
The Roaring Girl(1611) Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker (BABL Edition)
The Witch of Edmonton (1611) Thomas Dekker, John Ford, & William Rowley (BABL Edition)
The Knight of the Burning Pestle (1612) Francis Beaumont
The Man in the Moone (1638) Francis Godwin
Eikon Basilike with Selections from Eikonoklastes (1649) Anonymous & John Milton
Paradise Lost (1667) John Milton
Samson Agonistes and Other Poems (1671) John Milton
Leviathan, revised edition (1651) Thomas Hobbes
Leviathan Parts I and II, revised edition (1651) Thomas Hobbes


Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader (1660s)
Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions (1662) Margaret Cavendish
Sociable Letters (1664) Margaret Cavendish
The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World (1666) Margaret Cavendish
Grounds of Natural Philosophy(1668) Margaret Cavendish
The Rover, second edition (1677) Aphra Behn
Oroonoko (1688) Aphra Behn
The Widow Ranter (1690) Aphra Behn
The London Jilt (1683)
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (1694) Mary Astell
The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1689) John Locke
A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) John Locke
Catharine Trotter Cockburn: Philosophical Writings (1702-47)
The Basset Table (1705) Susanna Centlivre
The Wonder (1714) Susanna Centlivre
A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718) Susanna Centlivre
The Correspondence of Samuel Clarke and Anthony Collins (1707-08)
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) George Berkeley
The Adventures of Rivella (1714) Delarivier Manley
Robinson Crusoe (1719) Daniel Defoe
Captain Singleton (1720) Daniel Defoe
Colonel Jack (1722) Daniel Defoe
Moll Flanders (1722) Daniel Defoe
Roxana (1724) Daniel Defoe
Love in Excess, second edition (1719) Eliza Haywood
The Adventures of Eovaai (1736) Eliza Haywood
Anti-Pamela and Shamela (1741) Eliza Haywood, Henry Fielding
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751) Eliza Haywood
The Life of Madame de Beaumount and The Life of Charlotta du Pont (1721, 1723) Penelope Aubin
The Noble Slaves (1722) Penelope Aubin
Gulliver’s Travels (1726) Jonathan Swift
The Tragedy of Tragedies (1731) Henry Fielding (BABL Edition)
Joseph Andrews (1742) Henry Fielding
Amelia (1751) Henry Fielding
An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage (1744) Samuel Johnson
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759) Samuel Johnson
Clarissa (1748) Samuel Richardson
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748) John Cleland
Memoirs of a Coxcomb (1751) John Cleland
A Treatise of Human Nature (1739) David Hume
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) David Hume
Essays and Treatises on Philosophical Subjects (1758) David Hume
The Governess (1749) Sarah Fielding
The History of Ophelia (1760) Sarah Fielding
The History of Pompey the Little (1752) Francis Coventry
An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (1753) Jane Collier
The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (1754) Edward Kimber
The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1761) Frances Sheridan
The Conclusion of the Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1767) Frances Sheridan
Sophia (1762) Charlotte Lennox
Euphemia (1790) Charlotte Lennox
Millenium Hall (1762) Sarah Scott
The Turkish Embassy Letters (1763) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother (1764) Horace Walpole
The Clandestine Marriage (1766) David Garrick and George Colman the Elder
Travels through France and Italy (1766) Tobias Smollett
The Female American (1767) Unca Eliza Winkfield
Barford Abbey (1768) Susannah Minifie Gunning
A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1768) Laurence Sterne
Evelina (1778) Frances Burney
The Witlings and The Woman-Hater (1779, 1802) Frances Burney
The Man of Feeling (1771) Henry Mackenzie
The Rivals and Polly Honeycombe (1775, 1760) Richard Brinsley Sheridan and George Colman the Elder
The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman (1778)
Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African (1782)
The History of Sandford and Merton (1783-89) Thomas Day
Peru and Peruvian Tales (1784,1823) Helen Maria Williams
Letters Written in France (1790) Helen Maria Williams
Vathek with The Episodes of Vathek (1787) William Beckford
Thomas Clarkson and Ottobah Cugoano (1787-88)
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)
The Romance of the Forest (1791) Ann Radcliffe


Moral Tales(18th C and early 19th C) Maria Edgeworth, Hannah More, Amelia Opie
Jane Austen’s Manuscript Works (18th C)
Sense and Sensibility (1811) Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (1813) Jane Austen
Mansfield Park (1814) Jane Austen
Emma (1816) Jane Austen
Persuasion (1816 / 1818) Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, second edition (1818) Jane Austen
The Idea of Being Free: A Mary Hays Reader (1779-1807)
Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1796) Mary Hays
The Victim of Prejudice, second edition (1799) Mary Hays
Mary, A Fiction and The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria (1788, 1798) Mary Wollstonecraft
The Vindications (1790, 1793) Mary Wollstonecraft
Letters Written during a Short Residence (1796) Mary Wollstonecraft
Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) Edmund Burke
Charlotte Smith: Major Poetic Works (18th C)
Emmeline (1788) Charlotte Smith
Celestina (1791) Charlotte Smith
The Old Manor House (1793) Charlotte Smith
Anna Letitia Barbauld: Selected Poetry and Prose (1790s)
Walsingham (1797) Mary Robinson
A Letter to the Women of England and The Natural Daughter (1799) Mary Robinson
A Simple Story (1791) Elizabeth Inchbald
Nature and Art (1796) Elizabeth Inchbald
Rights of Man (1791) Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason (1794) Thomas Paine
Caleb Williams (1794) William Godwin
Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798) William Godwin
St. Leon (1799) William Godwin
Fleetwood (1805) William Godwin
Mandeville (1817) William Godwin
Secresy, second edition (1795) Eliza Fenwick
The Monk (1796) Matthew Gregory Lewis
Tales of Wonder (1801) Matthew Gregory Lewis
Hermsprong (1796) Robert Bage
Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah (1796) Elizabeth Hamilton
Memoirs of Modern Philosophers (1800) Elizabeth Hamilton
Plays on the Passions (1798) Joanna Baillie
Lyrical Ballads (1798 and 1800) Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth
Poems, in Two Volumes (1807) William Wordsworth
The Vagabond (1799) George Walker
Pizarro (1799) Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Epistles on Women and Other Works (19th C) Lucy Aikin
Obi or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack (1800) William Earle
Castle Rackrent (1800) Maria Edgeworth (BABL Edition)
Harrington (1817) Maria Edgeworth
The Infernal Quixote (1801) Charles Lucas
The Daughter of Adoption (1801) John Thelwall
The Father and Daughter with Dangers of Coquetry (1801, 1790) Amelia Opie
Adeline Mowbray (1805) Amelia Opie
Zofloya (1806) Charlotte Dacre
Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1808) Hannah More
The Woman of Colour (1808)
Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Prose and Letters (1808-36)
The Siege of Valencia: A Parallel Text Edition (1823) Felicia Hemans
The Scottish Chiefs (1810) Jane Porter
Zastrozzi and St. Irvyne (1810, 1811) Percy Bysshe Shelley
Laon and Cythna (1817) Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Missionary: An Indian Tale (1811) Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan)
The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys (1827) Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan)
Waverley (1814) Sir Walter Scott
The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan (1814)
Manfred (1817) George Gordon, Lord Byron (BABL Edition)
Frankenstein (1818) Mary Shelley
Mathilda (1819) Mary Shelley
Valperga(1823) Mary Shelley
The Last Man (1826) Mary Shelley
Lodore (1835) Mary Shelley
Nightmare Abbey (1818) Thomas Love Peacock
The Vampyre and Ernestus Berchtold (1819) John William Polidori
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) Thomas De Quincey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon: Selected Writings (1821-38)
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) James Hogg
Hamel, the Obeah Man (1827) Cynric R. Williams
The Keepsake for 1829 (Facsimile Edition)
Shakespeare’s Heroines (1832) Anna Murphy Jameson


Nineteenth-Century Stories by Women: An Anthology
A Serious Occupation: Literary Criticism by Victorian Women Writers
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Poems (19th C)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Selected Poetry (1830s-1880s) (BABL Edition)
In Memoriam (1850) Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Illustrations of Political Economy (1832-34) Harriet Martineau
Life in the Sick-Room (1844) Harriet Martineau
Autobiography (1877) Harriet Martineau
Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832) Frances Trollope
Factory Lives (1832-69)
Jack Sheppard (1839) William Harrison Ainsworth
Grace Aguilar: Selected Writings (1840s)
Oliver Twist (1840) Charles Dickens (Facsimile Edition)
A Christmas Carol (1843) Charles Dickens
The Story of Little Dombey and Other Performance Fictions (1850s & 60s) Charles Dickens (BABL Edition)
Bleak House (1852) Charles Dickens
Hard Times (1854) Charles Dickens
Great Expectations (1861) Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights (1847) Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre, Second Edition (1847) Charlotte Brontë
Villette (1853) Charlotte Brontë
Agnes Grey(1847) Anne Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) Anne Brontë
Mary Barton (1848) Elizabeth Gaskell
Cranford (1851) Elizabeth Gaskell
London Labour and the London Poor (1850-1862) Henry Mayhew
The Warden (1855) Anthony Trollope
The Half-Caste (1851) Dinah Mulock Craik
John Halifax, Gentleman (1856) Dinah Mulock Craik
Adam Bede (1858) George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss (1860) George Eliot
Romola (1863) George Eliot (Facsimile Edition)
Felix Holt (1866) George Eliot
Middlemarch (1871-72) George Eliot
The Octoroon (1859) Dion Boucicault
On Liberty (1859) J.S. Mill (Alexander Edition)
Utilitarianism (1861) J.S. Mill (Heydt Edition)
Subjection of Women (1869) J.S. Mill (Encore Edition)
Three Essays on Religion (1874) J.S. Mill
On the Origin of Species (1859) Charles Darwin
The Woman in White (1859-1860) Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone (1868) Wilkie Collins
The Dead Alive (1874) Wilkie Collins
Heart and Science (1883) Wilkie Collins
The Evil Genius (1886) Wilkie Collins
Blind Love (1889) Wilkie Collins
East Lynne (1861) Ellen Wood
Modern Love (1862) George Meredith
The Egoist (1879) George Meredith
Lady Audley’s Secret (1862) Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Lady Audley’s Secret: A Drama in Two Acts (1863) Mary Elizabeth Braddon & George Roberts (BABL Edition)
Aurora Floyd (1863) Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Water-Babies (1863) Charles Kingsley
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Second Edition (1865) Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1865, 1871) Lewis Carroll
The Clever Woman of the Family (1865) Charlotte Mary Yonge
Cometh Up as a Flower (1867) Rhoda Broughton
At the Back of the North Wind (1868) George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin (1872) George MacDonald
The Coming Race (1871) Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In A Glass Darkly (1872) Sheridan Le Fanu
The Uninhabited House (1875) Charlotte Riddell
Phoebe Junior (1876) Margaret Oliphant
Queen Eleanor and Fair Rosamond (1886) Margaret Oliphant (BABL Edition)
The Library Window (1896) Margaret Oliphant (BABL Edition)
The Autobiography of Margaret Oliphant (1899)
Black Beauty (1877) Anna Sewell
The Rebel of the Family (1880) Eliza Lynn Linton
Moths (1880) Ouida
Michael Field, The Poet (1880-1910)
Treasure Island (1883) Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, third edition (1886) Robert Louis Stevenson
Flatland (1884) Edwin Abbott
Autobiographical Sketches (1885) Annie Besant
King Solomon’s Mines (1885) H. Rider Haggard
She (1886-87) H. Rider Haggard
The Return of the Native (1878) Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Second Edition (1891) Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure (1895) Thomas Hardy
A City Girl (1887) Margaret Harkness
Reuben Sachs (1888) Amy Levy
The Romance of a Shop (1888) Amy Levy
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888) James De Mille
The Ring and the Book (1889) Robert Browning
Portraits and Other Poems (1890s) Augusta Webster
Dreams (1890) Olive Schreiner
The Sign of Four (1890) Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) Oscar Wilde
Salome (1894) Oscar Wilde
Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales (1890) Vernon Lee
News from Nowhere (1890) William Morris
The Wood Beyond the World (1894) William Morris
Wormwood (1890) Marie Corelli
Guanya Pau (1891) Joseph Jeffrey Walters
New Grub Street (1891) George Gissing
The Diary of a Nobody (1892) George and Weedon Grossmith
The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1893) Arthur Wing Pinero
The Story of a Modern Woman (1894) Ella Hepworth Dixon
Marcella (1894) Mary Augusta Ward
Trilby (1894) George Du Maurier (Facsimile Edition)
The Three Impostors; or, The Transmutations (1895) Arthur Machen
A Sunless Heart (1895) Edith Johnstone
The Woman Who Did (1895) Grant Allen
The Time Machine (1895) H.G. Wells
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man (1897) H.G. Wells
The War of the Worlds (1898) H.G. Wells
When the Sleeper Wakes (1898-99) H.G. Wells
Ann Veronica (1909) H.G. Wells
A Child of the Jago (1896) Arthur Morrison
Liza of Lambeth (1897) W. Somerset Maugham (Canada and US only)
The Beetle (1897) Richard Marsh
Dracula (1897) Bram Stoker
The Philanderer (1898) George Bernard Shaw
Nostromo (1899) Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim (1900) Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness, Third Edition (ed. Goonetilleke) (1899 / 1902) Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness (ed. Peters)(1902) Joseph Conrad
The Secret Agent (1907) Joseph Conrad
Under Western Eyes (1911) Joseph Conrad
The Sorceress of the Strand and Other Stories (1902-03) L.T. Meade


Kim (1901) Rudyard Kipling
The Grand Babylon Hotel (1902) Arnold Bennett
The Melting-Pot (1908) Israel Zangwill
Diana of Dobson’s (1908) Cicely Hamilton (Canada and US only)
Suffragette Sally (1911) Gertrude Colmore
Peter Pan (1911) J.M. Barrie
Githa Sowerby: Three Plays (1912-1924)
Prisons and Prisoners (1914) Constance Lytton
Dubliners (1914) James Joyce
The Dead and Other Stories (1904-14) James Joyce (BABL Edition)
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (1915) Ford Madox Ford
Pointed Roofs (1915) Dorothy Richardson (Canada and US only)
The Tunnel (1919) Dorothy Richardson (Canada and US only)
The Waste Land and Other Poems (1917) T.S. Eliot (Canada and US only)
Mrs. Dalloway (1925) Virginia Woolf

For Individual Purchase

The Broadview British Bookshelf is now available for purchase worldwide! Canadians can purchase access here, and Americans can purchase access here. Those outside of North America can purchase access by selecting your country on the Vital Source website.

Students, researchers, and readers of all kinds may purchase according to their needs:

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Purchasing a subscription will grant immediate access to 330+ editions.

Purchasing a subscription will grant immediate access to all included editions. If new editions are added, they will be made available to both new and existing subscribers.

For Classroom Adoption

If you are an instructor and would like to consider adopting the Broadview British Bookshelf for a future course, you can request a sample using the form below. Should you assign a Bookshelf, you will receive complete complimentary access to the collection for the duration of your course (simply contact your Broadview representative or or to arrange this).

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The Broadview British Bookshelf is particularly well-suited to classroom use. Whether you organize your course by chronology, author, theme, or genre, the Bookshelf offers unparallelled flexibility, with quick access to all included volumes.

A few examples of how it can be used:

  • A survey course in which students are assigned Twelfth Night, Pride & Prejudice, and Frankenstein, and then allowed to choose any one other text as the focus of their final essay. Students—and professors—will have access to over 330 options to choose from, allowing students to pursue themes that most appeal to them.
  • A course on Victorian novels for which three books have already been selected but the choices for a fourth and fifth will be driven by time constraints or student interest. By adopting the Bookshelf, professors have flexibility to select and assign additional novels at any time before or during a course.
  • A course on British intellectual history, where students need to sample from a wide range of literature and non-fiction. The Bookshelf includes not only novels, plays, and poetry, but also works of philosophy and politics.
  • A course with a student body that overlaps significantly with that of other courses taught in the department. Students with access to the Bookshelf may have all they need for multiple courses in one subscription.

Editions in the Bookshelf offer:

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  • Introductions designed for student readers;
  • Footnote annotations to clarify unfamiliar terms and references;
  • Appendices of related historical materials that shed light on the context of the work;
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