This site was started on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in response to a discussion on the C18-L listserv. It was set up as an experiment, without any particular agenda (or even organizing plan), in hopes that people who cared about the subject would find the site and make it into what it could or ought to be.

A wiki is a living, evolving work. In time, it will probably be necessary to arrive at some "editorial" principles, and some conventions for organization and display. Needless to say, those have yet to be articulated.

For the time being, the site has taken the author as its elementary unit: so there's a page for "Pope, Alexander" a page for "Fielding, Henry" a page for "Behn, Aphra," and so on. Each page provides some information about the standard edition of that author's work. That's it, really.

To add a new page, click on "New Page" at the left of the screen. On the page that follows, you can enter a title for the page (please use "Lastname, Firstname" format to facilitate automatic alphabetization on the "Index of Authors" page) and add tags. Be sure to include the tag "author" so that the page will appear in the index. (Beyond that, the tags so far consist of the authors' names; add new tags—e.g., for genre—as you see fit.) The page-creation form includes a drop-down menu from which you can choose a template. An "Author" template is available as a starting point, but if you find you need to depart from that template, so be it. We'll figure out what works eventually.

This site was started by Ben Pauley, and he's currently its maintainer, but he welcomes co-maintainers.
-bp
Posted April 21, 2011 at 14:19 EDT
Updated April 21, 2011 at 14:50 EDT