The Early Ruskin Manuscripts, 1826–1842is an archive of the youthful writing of John Ruskin (1819–1900). When complete, ERM will present a comprehensive diplomatic edition of Ruskinʼs early writing paired with facsimiles of the manuscripts. The documentary record is distinguished by its extraordinary level of achievement and its broad range of genres and disciplines, including poetry, travel writing, religion, earth sciences, and mathematics. Thus, the archive provides a resource for the study of Ruskinʼs education and development as a writer in particular, and for the study of Victorian juvenilia, education, and culture in general.
The archive is continuously updated with the addition of newly encoded and annotated works. For a guide to the archiveʼs organization, see The Plan of the Archive. For explanation and justification of the archiveʼs design, editorial methodology, and encoding procedures, see Editorial and Encoding Rationale and Methodology.