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Manuscripts

The Art of Adaptation

A.J. Walkley | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
A.J. Walkley

Along with simply taking a nearly 300-page book and getting it down to, at most, 120-pages, there is a lot more that needs to be done in order to get the same message across in a much more visual platform.

Percy Bysshe Shelley "On Life"

Carolyn Vega | Posted 03.10.2012 | New York
Carolyn Vega

2012-01-09-pullquote.jpgThis essay, which is considered one of his most important prose works, was first penned sometime in late 1819 in the back of a small vellum-bound notebook.

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 4 -- World's Strangest Paintings for the New Year

James Elkins | Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland.

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 3

James Elkins | Posted 02.05.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

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King John's 1205 Charter

Carolyn Vega | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

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Coleridge Varies His "Inscription on a Time-piece"

Carolyn Vega | Posted 11.20.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

In the late 1890s, an unknown dealer or collector assembled letters that were titled Sir Walter Scott: Letters of his Friends and Contemporaries. One of my favorite items in this is a poem in the hand of a very aged Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Anonymous Scott

Carolyn Vega | Posted 11.15.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

Recently, I read Scott's letters to the Marchioness of Abercorn. Their correspondence began in 1806 (with a letter, incidentally, that contains the earliest surviving reference to his work on The Lady of the Lake), and for a number of years they wrote each other frequently.

The Research Fellowship That Uncovered a New Story of 19th Century New York

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Steven Carl Smith is working on a dissertation about New York City in the 19th century, with a focus on the publishing industry and how it developed.

A Getty Curator Discusses Manuscripts, France, And The Middle Ages: Imagining The Past

Elizabeth Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Elizabeth Morrison

Manuscripts often contain written accounts and visual representations of history, but sometimes the history of a manuscript -- who commissioned it, ho...

Kafka Manuscripts: The Fight Over Kafka

Rodger Kamenetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rodger Kamenetz

Who does Kafka belong to? The court case in Israel over the past two years will eventually decide the proper ownership of certain manuscripts of Kafka's.

"Slush Pile": Where Did The Words Come From?

The Awl | Jane Hu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

According to the OED, the first occurrence of "slush pile" was not in reference to what we commonly now know as unsolicited manuscripts from unheard-o...