The first Word file below gives the text of the extracts in Wheelock's Latin Reader from Pliny the Younger's letters, with interlinear glossing in English and some notes and illustrations added. At present (January 2020) it includes only the first eight letters or letter extracts (1.1, 1.6, 1.9, 1.12, 2.6 (1-5), 6.16, 6.24 and 7.5). The remaining three, which include Pliny's well-known consultation of the emperor Trajan on the treatment of Christians, wil be added shortly. The file should be used in conjunction with the notes in the Wheelock volume itself. For a translation into idiomatic English, see the slightly modified on-line version of Firth's 19oo edition, which is available on the Attalus site.
The second document below includes the full text and interlinear glossing of Pliny's letter (6.16) on the death of his uncle. Pliny the Elder during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., as well as his subsequent letter (6.20) on his own and his mother’s experiences at the time. There are also two short, modern letters discussing the 2014 film `Pompeii' and posted in the `Grex Latine Loquentium' email forum.
Pedar Foss has been producing as a series of blogsan extremely detailed presentation of Pliny’s account of the eruption with description of the manuscript tradition, chunked text and translation, full explanation of the physical background, discussion of grammatical difficulties and stylistic analysis. This is complete for letter 6.16 but 6.20 is still (December 2019) unfinished as Foss is now concentrating on his book, Pliny and the Destruction of Vesuvius, to be published by Routledge in 2021.
The most recent study of Pliny and the background to his work as well as to that of his uncle, author of the encyclopedic Historia Naturalis, is Daisy Dunn's In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, published in 2019 with a paperback edition due in 2020.