Module 2: The TEI Header

6. Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

This example contains the TEI header for an electronic edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, encoded and made available by Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT), a project of University College, Cork.

This is an excellent TEI header example, featuring quality descriptions of the electronic text (<fileDesc>), its relation to the source text (<encodingDesc>), the context in which it came about (<profileDesc>), and a revision history (<revisionDesc>).

An outstanding feature of this example is the level of detail for the bibliographic description of the source text, in <sourceDesc>. It contais a complete bibliography, in three sections: “select editions,” “select bibliography,” and “the edition used in the digital edition.” The former two categories consist of bibliographic lists, with a <listBibl> element grouping the separate <bibl> elements. The actual edition used for the electronic text is described in detail with a <biblStruct> element.

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<title>The Importance of Being Earnest</title>
<title>A trivial comedy for serious people</title>
<title type="gmd">An electronic edition</title>
<author>Oscar Wilde</author>
<resp>Electronic edition compiled by</resp>
<name xml:id="ML">Margaret Lantry</name>
<funder>University College, Cork</funder>
<edition n="2">Second draft.</edition>
<resp>Proof corrections by</resp>
<name>Margaret Lantry</name>
<measure type="words">23410</measure>
<publisher>C​ELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College, Cork</publisher>
<addrLine>College Road, Cork, Ireland​—http​://www​.ucc​.ie​/celt</addrLine>
<distributor>C​ELT online at University College, Cork, Ireland. </distributor>
<idno type="celt">E850003​-002</idno>
<availability status="restricted">
<p>Available with prior consent of the C​ELT programme for purposes of academic research and teaching only.</p>
<note>There is not as yet an authoritative edition of Wilde​'s works.</note>
<head>Select editions</head>
<bibl n="1">The writings of Oscar Wilde (London; New York: A. R. Keller & Co. 1907) 15 vols.</bibl>
<bibl n="2">Robert Ross (ed), The First Collected Edition of the Works of Oscar Wilde (London: Methuen & Co. 1908). 15 vols. Reprinted Dawsons: Pall Mall 1969.</bibl>
<bibl n="3">Complete works of Oscar Wilde (Glasgow: Harper​Collins, 1994).</bibl>
<head>Select bibliography</head>
<bibl n="1">'Notes for a bibliography of Oscar Wilde', Books and book​-plates (A quarterly for collectors) 5, no. 3 (April 1905), 170​-183.</bibl>
<bibl n="2">Karl E. Beckson, The Oscar Wilde encyclopedia (New York: A​MS Press 1998). A​MS Studies in the nineteenth century 18.</bibl>
<bibl n="3">Richard Ellmann (ed), The Artist as Critic: Critical Writings of Oscar Wilde (Chicago 1982).</bibl>
<bibl n="4">Richard Ellmann; John Espey, Oscar Wilde: two approaches: papers read at a Clark Library seminar, April 17, 1976 (Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California 1977).</bibl>
<bibl n="5">Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: a lecture delivered at the Library of Congress on March 1, 1983 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress 1984).</bibl>
<bibl n="6">Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Hamilton 1987).</bibl>
<bibl n="7">Juliet Gardiner, Oscar Wilde: a life in letters, writings and wit (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1995).</bibl>
<bibl n="8">Frank Harris, Oscar Wilde, including My memories of Oscar Wilde, by George Bernard Shaw and an introductory note by Lyle Blair (London: Robinson, 1992).</bibl>
<bibl n="9">Rupert Hart​-Davis (ed), Selected letters of Oscar Wilde (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1979).</bibl>
<bibl n="10">Rupert Hart​-Davis (ed), More letters of Oscar Wilde (London: Murray 1985).</bibl>
<bibl n="11">Vyvyan Beresford Holland, Oscar Wilde: a pictorial biography (London: Thames & Hudson 1960).</bibl>
<bibl n="12">H. Montgomery Hyde, Oscar Wilde: a biography (London: Methuen 1977).</bibl>
<bibl n="13">Andrew Mc​Donnell, Oscar Wilde at Oxford: an annotated catalogue of Wilde manuscripts and related items at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including many hitherto unpublished letters, photographs and illustrations (A. Mc​Donnell 1996). Limited edition of 170 copies.</bibl>
<bibl n="14">Stuart Mason, Bibliography of Oscar Wilde (London: E. G. Richards 1907). Also pubd. New York 1908, London 1914 in 2 vols. Repr. of 1914 edition: New York: Haskell House 1972.</bibl>
<bibl n="15">E. H. Mikhail, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography of criticism (London: Macmillan 1978). Also pubd. Totowa NJ: Rowman & Littlefield 1978.</bibl>
<bibl n="16">Thomas A. Mikolyzk, Oscar Wilde: an annotated bibliography (Westport CT: Greenwood Press 1993). Bibliographies and indexes in world literature, 38.</bibl>
<bibl n="17">Norman Page, An Oscar Wilde chronology (London: Macmillan 1991).</bibl>
<bibl n="18">Hesketh Pearson, A Life of Oscar Wilde (London 1946).</bibl>
<bibl n="19">Richard Pine, The thief of reason: Oscar Wilde and modern Ireland (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1996).</bibl>
<bibl n="20">Horst Schroeder, Additions and corrections to Richard Ellmann​'s Oscar Wilde (Braunschweig: H. Schroeder 1989)</bibl>
<head>The edition used in the digital edition</head>
<author>Oscar Wilde</author>
<title level="a">The Importance of Being Earnest</title>
<title level="m">Plays, Prose Writings and Poems</title>
<biblScope type="pages">450​-509</biblScope>
<p>C​ELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts</p>
<p>All the editorial text with the corrections of the editor has been retained.</p>
<correction status="medium">
<p>Text has been checked, proof​-read and parsed using N​SGMLS.</p>
<p>The electronic text represents the edited text.</p>
<p>Direct speech is marked
<p>The editorial practice of the hard​-copy editor has been retained.</p>
=the whole text. </p>
<p>Names of persons (given names), and places are not tagged. Terms for cultural and social roles are not tagged.</p>
attribute of each text in this corpus carries a unique identifying number for the whole text.</p>
<p> The title of the text is held as the first
element within each text.</p>
is reserved for the text (whether in one volume or many).</p>
<creation>By Oscar Wilde (1854​-1900).
<language ident="en">The text is in English.</language>
<language ident="fr">One word occurring twice in Anglo​-French.</language>
<change when="2008​-07​-30" who="#BF">Keywords added; file validated; new wordcount made. Minor changes made to header.</change>
<change when="2005​-08​-25" who="#JN">Normalised language codes and edited lang​Usage for X​ML conversion</change>
<change when="2005​-08​-04" who="#PF">Converted to X​ML</change>
<change when="1998​-01​-06" who="#ML">Text parsed using N​SGMLS.</change>
<change when="1998​-01​-06" who="#ML">Proof corrections entered and mark​-up corrected; text spell​-checked.</change>
<change when="1997​-11​-16">Text proofed.</change>
<change when="1997​-12​-15">Header created; structural mark​-up inserted.</change>
<change when="1997​-09​-04">Text captured by scanning.</change>
Example 6. Adapted from a TEI P3 SGML encoding of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, in the anthology Plays, Prose Writings and Poems by Oscar Wilde (Wilde 1930). TEI SGML source available from