A Brief Overview of The Hypertext Pratt

In addition to the five-volume Complete Works series published by the University of Toronto Press, the E.J. Pratt Publication Project (1978-2017) has produced digital companion sites for the Selected Poems and Letters volumes, and prototype "hypertext" editions of the poems and letters – all of which are available on this site.

Clicking on this icon in the top left corner of the screen will always return you to the home page of the section of the site you are investigating.







The Complete Poems and Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition [a digital prototype, 1998-2002]

This site consists of two interlinked hypertext editions, The Complete Poems of E.J. Pratt and The Complete Letters of E.J. Pratt. It is being prepared under the auspices of the E.J. Pratt Publication Project in co-operation with the Victoria University Library (Toronto, Ontario) and the University of Toronto Press, with funding provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In order to inform the scholarly community of the project and to solicit responses to it, we have prepared a sample edition of one poem, Behind the Log -- a substantial and demanding work with a complex and well-documented textual history -- and of Pratt's letters from the period during which he was at work on the poem, late December 1945 to May 1947. We have also prepared a brief outline of the structure of the edition as a whole. Topics requiring elaboration are linked to fuller discussions on separate pages.

The Structure of the Edition

Because of the nature of the material they contain, the two editions are somewhat different in structure. However, they have been designed to be fully compatible with one another and to allow unrestricted movement between them. In particular, each page in both editions will have the same basic layout.

At the top of each page, there will be a "linking frame." This frame will take three basic forms, but in each case it will contain the "Sea-Gulls" icon.

This icon, depending on the "linking frame" within which it occurs, will provide a link to a particular section of the Home Page of the edition (i.e., a version of this page):

  1. When you first log on to the edition as whole, the linking frame will read "The Complete Poems and Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition" and the icon will lead you to the section of the Home Page introducing the edition as a whole.

  2. When you move to the edition of the Poems the linking frame will contain the title of the particular poem which you are exploring and the icon will lead you to the section of the Home Page introducing the edition of the Poems.

  3. When you move to the edition of the Letters the linking frame will read "The Complete Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition" and the icon will lead you to the section of the Home Page introducing the edition of the Letters.

For the origins and significance of the "Sea-Gulls" icon, click here.

The linking frame will have a blue background. A grey background will be used for the critical apparatus, and a white background will be used for the texts of Pratt's poems and letters.

Other icons used in this edition are:

poems

letters

page images (images of the pages of the texts which have been included in this edition)

other images (photographs, drawings, paintings, certificates, programmes, maps, etc.)

audio recordings (Pratt's readings and commentaries on his poems, and his reminiscences)

entry in the timeline

entry in the annotations

The critical apparatus to which the Home Page will be linked in the completed edition will consist of the following:

The Home Page will also contain NOTE: This site is best viewed with Netscape Navigator Gold Version 3 or higher.


The Hypertext Edition of the Complete Poems of E.J. Pratt

To go directly to a sample edition click here.

The aim of The Complete Poems of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition is to provide a fully annotated edition of the poetry of E.J. Pratt, incorporating all completed versions of every poem, linked to scanned-in images of every page of every version.

The edition is being prepared by Sandra Djwa, Professor of English Literature at Simon Fraser University and Zailig Pollock, Professor of English Literature at Trent University. Professor Pollock will be responsible for the hypertext structure of the edition and for the textual editing; Professor Djwa will be responsible for the critical introduction; responsibility for the annotations will be shared by both.

The Complete Poems will ultimately include some 200 poems, and will be mounted on the World Wide Web. Discussions are currently underway with the University of Toronto Press concerning the publication of a new print edition, to be keyed to the hypertext edition: it will contain a single version of each poem and minimal scholarly apparatus (a brief introduction, a glossary, no textual notes). The hypertext edition of the poems will eventually be linked to a hypertext edition of the letters, edited by David G. Pitt, Professor Emeritus, Memorial University and Elizabeth Popham, Professor of English Literature at Trent University.

Please e-mail any comments concerning The Complete Poems of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition to Sandra Djwa (djwa@sfu.ca) or Zailig Pollock (zpollock@trentu.ca). 


Navigating the Hypertext Poems

The following outline of the structure of The Complete Poems of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition has been kept as concise as possible. Topics requiring elaboration are linked to fuller discussions.

NOTE: In descriptions of screen layout, "top," "bottom," and"middle" refer to the frames below the linking frame.

In addition to this Home Page, the edition will include an individual Poem Page for each poem. The Poem Page will provide links to the various versions of the poem and to the relevant critical apparatus.

The Poetry section of the Home Page will provide 2 kinds of links:

Links to individual poems will be provided by indices organized by

The Poem Pages

The Poem Pages will consist of:

1. Date of Composition

The Date of Composition is linked to the appropriate location on the Timeline: i.e., the date on which Pratt composed or began composing the poem.

2. Table of Texts

Version  Transcribed  Edited  Collated  Annotated 
 10. CP58 Collected Poems (University of Toronto Press 1958), 312-343         

The Table of Texts lists every version of the poem, and provides links to the 4 formats (see below) in which texts are presented in the edition.

Each row of the table is divided into two main parts.

In the first part of the table, consisting of the first column, the version is identified. This identification consists of:

In the second part of the table, consisting of the next 4 columns, links are provided to the 4 following formats:

3. History and Description of the Texts

4. Record of Emendations

5. Record of Regularizations

6. Collation Check

7. Audio Recording(s) of Pratt Reading the Poem


To Begin

Click here to go to an edition of Behind the Log.


The Hypertext Edition of Pratt's Letters

To go directly to a sample edition of the Letters, click here.

The Complete Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition is being prepared by David G. Pitt, Professor Emeritus at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Elizabeth Popham, Associate Professor at Trent University. Professor Pitt collected over 1,000 letters while researching his award-winning two volume biography of E.J. Pratt, The Truant Years and The Master Years, and has annotated these for the print and hypertext editions. (Over 100 additional letters have been found in the past three years, and more are turning up all the time.) Professor Popham is responsible for the textual editing of both the hypertext edition of Pratt's letters and the print edition. She is also responsible for the hypertext structure, in cooperation with Professor Zailig Pollock who is designing the hypertext edition of The Complete Poems of E.J. Pratt.

The print edition will by no means be superseded by hypertext, but the hypertext edition has distinct advantages as a research tool, allowing us to include all of the more than 1,100 letters collected by Professor Pitt and, more recently, by Professor Popham, as well as any letters which may be discovered after initial publication. In addition, hypertext allows an extremely flexible access to letters by chronology, correspondent, subject, and source, as well as links to the hypertext edition of Pratt's Complete Poems.

Please e-mail any comments concerning The Complete Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition to Elizabeth Popham (epopham@trentu.ca). 


Navigating the Hypertext Letters

The following outline of the structure of The Complete Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition is as concise as possible. Topics requiring elaboration are linked to fuller discussions on separate pages.

The Letters section of the Home Page will provide 2 kinds of links:

These chronological groupings will correspond to the eight major divisions in the print edition of the Letters:


The Letter Pages

On each Letter Page, a browsable list of Indices of Letters appears at the right of the linking frame. This allows the reader to choose one of the following options by which to examine the correspondence: The index chosen (with Date of Composition as the default option) will be activated by the "Go!" button in the top right frame. The reader is automatically taken to the first letter in the index that has been chosen, but can browse the collection in the frame at the bottom of the page. To go to any of the letters in the index, simply highlight the listing and then click on the "Go!" button in the bottom frame.

The Indices of Letters will remain in the top right frame throughout the session, allowing the reader to alter the principle of organization of the letters at any point.

Each letter will contain the following links:

1. Date of Composition

The Date of Composition is linked to the appropriate location on the Timeline: i.e., the date on which Pratt composed the letter.

2. Correspondent

The Correspondent's name is linked to the entry on this figure in the Biographical Dictionary.

3. Annotations

Additional annotations to material in the text of the letter will be linked to Endnotes at the bottom of the Letter Page.

5. Additional Links

In addition, as appropriate, links will be provided, from the text and the notes, to

Links are provided to the Letter Page of any relevent prior correspondence, as well as to the Poem Page(s) of the poem(s) mentioned in the letters. Where the reference is general, the link will be to the Table of Texts for the poem; where the reference is to a particular version of the poem, the link will be to the text of that specific version. Where there is a reference to format or design of the book, the link will be to the scanned image of the text, illustration, or cover.


To Begin

Click here to go to the sample edition (May 1945 to December 1947).
(The default index ordering the letters is chronological.)