Roberto Bolaño’s manuscript map for his novel The Third Reich



“Those involved. Wyatt — A painter” — William Gaddis’s autograph notes for The Recognitions


More great stuff from Washington University’s Modern Literature Collection.


“The way hope builds his house” — Emily Dickinson (Manuscript)


Manuscript Diary Entry — Charlotte Brontë

Emily Dickinson’s Handwritten Manuscript for “Because I could not stop for Death”

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From the Emily Dickinson Archive.

Manuscript Page of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying


Christina Rossetti’s Manuscript for “Sirs, Ye Are Brethren”



Manuscript Page of Dostoevsky’s Demons (With Doodles)


Walt Whitman’s Handwritten Drafts of “Come, said my Soul”



Illustrated Manuscript Page from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

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Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Manuscript for “Ozymiandias”

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“Ozymandias” by Percy Shelley—

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said — “two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert … near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.” —