Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript for “On the Road” single spaced without margins or paragraph breaks on a scroll in three weeks in the spring of 1951.
Jack Kerouac’s Notebook
Mark Twain’s preface to “The American Claimant” (1892) from the original manuscript.
“No weather will be found in this book…”
Charles Darwin’s Pocket Notebook
Manuscript diary entry by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), in a minuscule hand, 1836.
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, 1865 Manuscript
Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe, original manuscript (1513)
The page from an unpublished Jane Austen novel that was recently put up for auction. It was called The Watsons and sold for nearly £1 million.
(Source: thisishampshire.net, via austen12-deactivated20120803)
W. H. Auden’s Draft of ”Musée des Beaux Arts,”
Maurice by Mary Shelley
A hand-drawn map of the imaginary country of Angria from Branwell and Charlotte Brontë’s notebooks, drawn between 1830 and 1831.
J.K. Rowling’s plot chart for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Joseph Heller’s charted outline of Catch 22.
Jorge Luis Borges’ notebook