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Welcome to The Saint's Marginalia Annotation Wiki

If you're looking to annotate public domain nonfiction, you're in the right place. The goal is to use these annotations to create finished products like this one(external link), our annotation of Charles Lamb's "New Year's Eve(external link)."

Step 1: Register!

1.) Click the "Log In" button at the top right of the page.
2.) Pick a username and password.
3.) Click "Register."
4.) Annotate! After you register, you should see a little pencil-and-paper icon to the right of anything you can edit. Just click on it to jump right in and start annotating essays. For a list of the essays we're currently working on, see the "What We're Working on Now" section below, or create a new page via the "Create a page" link in the menu.

If you prefer to have a look around before joining, feel free! Anonymous users can look at any of the pages on the site (and comment on forums), but only registered users can edit pages.


Step 2: What We're Working on Now

(This section is always in flux. If you create a page(external link) that you'd like help annotating, please add it to this section. If you need a double-ledger annotation template, go here(external link) and copy/paste the template into the page you create, then load in the text and annotate!)

Frederick Douglass' "Learning to Read and Write"(external link)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper"(external link)
William Hazlitt's "On the Pleasure of Hating"(external link)
Michel de Montaigne's "Of Cannibals"(external link)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "Declaration of Sentiments"(external link)
Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"(external link)


Step 3: Let Us Know What's Working and (More Importantly) What's Not


We're still in beta here, so if you're having difficulty using the site or have any technical questions or suggestions, we would love to hear about it! Or if you'd like to suggest an essay for us to annotate, leave us a note above or you can let us know on Facebook(external link), tweet at us @SaintMarginalia(external link), or send an email to christianATthesaintsmarginalia.com. Or if you'd like a less direct and more conversational way to suggest an essay or bring up an issue, you can find the forums here(external link). (While non-registered users aren't able to edit pages, they are free to post in the forums.)

A Special Note for the Very Kind BYU Students Helping Us This Summer


First, thank you very much for helping us annotate some essays! If you have any technical problems with using the wiki, please email christianATthesaintsmarginalia.com. Additionally, your feedback is very welcome, especially anything you don't like about the interface. We're hoping to streamline the editing process as much as possible, so any usability testing notes you provide would be deeply appreciated. The essays you requested are below:
William Hazlitt's "Hot and Cold"(external link)
William Hazlitt's "Of Persons One Would Wish to Have Seen"(external link)
William Hazlitt's "On Depth and Superficiality"(external link)
William Hazlitt's "On Fashion"(external link)
William Hazlitt's "On the Ignorance of the Learned"(external link)
Charles Lamb's "All Fool's Day"(external link)
Charles Lamb's "A Chapter on Ears"(external link)
Charles Lamb's "Complaint of the Behavior of Married People"(external link)
Charles Lamb's "Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading"(external link)
Charles Lamb's "The Two Races of Men"(external link)
Charles Lamb's "Valentine's Day"(external link)