Titus Blindfolded — Mervyn Peake


Key to signs used in this books | Mark Twain’s manuscript note to the printer of Pudd’nhead Wilson


Via the Morgan Library and Museum. Their gloss:

Twain wrote Pudd’nhead Wilson in a blaze of creativity, spurred by his imminent bankruptcy. The finances of Twain’s publishing firm, Webster and Company, were failing, and his continued investment in the Paige typesetting machine was becoming overwhelming. He needed to write a commercially successful novel quickly and completed 60,000 words between November 12 and December 14 1892. Making light of his haste, Twain used seven symbols to denote weather conditions and instructed the printer to insert them at the head of each chapter. They do not appear in the printed edition. When Twain finished the novel in July 1893, he told Fred Hall that “there ain’t any weather in it, & there ain’t any scenery—the story is stripped for flight!”

Ulysses fragment


A handwritten fragment from the “Circe” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Via/more.

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)


“WAR IS PEACE” (Orwell Manuscript)


George Washington’s Rules of Civility

(Non-manuscript, more legible version).

Manuscript Diary Entry — Charlotte Brontë

Manuscript Page from Alice in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll

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“The White Giant’s Thigh” — Dylan Thomas (Autograph Manuscript)


Mouth of Hell — The Master of Catherine of Cleves


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


John Keats’s Handwritten Manuscript for “To Autumn”


(Read the poem).

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



Handwritten Fragment of James Joyce’s Ulysses


A fragment from the “Circe” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Via/more.