Manuscripts and letters

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‘Solved’: the mystery of the ‘slut’ scrawled on The Grapes of Wrath manuscript
Swedish academics think they can explain why the derogatory term appears at the end of Steinbeck’s text

Alison Flood

11, Oct, 2021 @11:52 AM

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Fragments of medieval Merlin manuscript found in Bristol library reveal ‘chaster’ story
Parchment fragments discovered in bindings of much later volumes reveal ‘subtle but significant’ variations on Arthurian legend

Alison Flood

06, Sep, 2021 @11:58 AM

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Ancient Gilgamesh tablet seized from Hobby Lobby by US authorities
The craft store had acquired the 3,600-year-old artefact for its Bible museum, but court says it had been smuggled and should be returned to Iraq

Alison Flood

28, Jul, 2021 @4:02 PM

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€4.55m Marquis de Sade manuscript acquired for French nation
Original scroll of The 120 Days of Sodom, written while the writer was jailed in the Bastille, has been bought as an ‘emblem of artistic freedom’

Alison Flood

13, Jul, 2021 @3:20 PM

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Lost memoir paints revered philosopher John Locke as ‘vain, lazy and pompous’
Rediscovered papers thought to record the memories of a longstanding friend say the ‘father of liberalism’ plagiarised and lied about never reading Thomas Hobbes

Alison Flood

24, Jun, 2021 @3:13 PM

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UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers
Friends of the National Libraries launch ‘once in a generation’ effort to raise £15m to buy the Honresfield library, packed with works by Brontë sisters, Jane Austen and Walter Scott

Alison Flood

17, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘Priceless’ Brontë manuscripts could be lost to private buyer, warn experts
Historic holdings including handwritten poems by Emily Brontë are set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s, but MPs are being urged to save them for the public

Alison Flood

28, May, 2021 @2:14 PM

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Emily Brontë’s handwritten poems are highlight of ‘lost library’ auction
Collection of rare books and manuscripts first assembled by Charlotte Brontë’s widower has been out of public view for nearly a century

Alison Flood

25, May, 2021 @12:13 PM

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‘Epoch-making’ paper on importance of handwashing goes to auction
A scientific journal covering a Hungarian doctor’s discovery is up for sale, alongside a letter from Edward Jenner, apologising for a delay in vaccine supply

Alison Flood

08, Apr, 2021 @1:40 PM

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'A letter tells someone they still matter': the sudden, surprising return of the pen pal
In the pandemic, many have rediscovered the sheer pleasure of writing to strangers, with new schemes spreading hope and connection around the world

Morwenna Ferrier

23, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Researchers read sealed 17th century letter without opening it
‘Virtual unfolding’ is hailed a breakthrough in the study of historic documents as unopened letter from 1697 is read for the first time using X-ray technology

Alison Flood

02, Mar, 2021 @3:18 PM

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The 120 Days of Sodom: France seeks help to buy 'most impure tale ever written'
Tax breaks announced for companies who pay for manuscript by the Marquis de Sade, valued at €4.5m

Alison Flood

22, Feb, 2021 @4:21 PM

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