Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
If you’re the kind to obsessively pore over the manuscripts and et alia of famous writers, this whole new digitization thing has been a boon to you. Now you can examine in fine detail the fragile parchments, the signed frontispieces, the sneezed-upon hankies, etc., all in the comfort of your own home, or your own phone, if you’re out and about.
I’m just filling space here so that the name of the fella above doesn’t appear in the teaser paragraph for this post, but before long I’ll give in and tell you who it is. Suffice to say that you can now root through his papers virtually by visiting this website at The University of Texas at Austin.
That’s right. It’s a youngish Edgar Allen Poe!
Here’s a shot of his manuscript for the poem, “Eulalie.” Exquisite handwriting, no?
I do love this kind of thing. I can kill a nice chunk of time studying these artifacts, but one thing that’s missing from the online experience is the smell of the old paper, and of the rooms where our fore-writers toiled.
Stuff smelled better in those days.