A page from G.K. Chesterton’s draft of The Napoleon Of Notting Hill
Walt Whitman – A Death Sonnet for Custer
W. H. Auden taught at the University of Michigan during the 1941-42 academic year. Here’s a syllabus from one of his classes. Hey teachers: next time one of your students complains that your schedule is too demanding, show him or her this.
His face was very much agitated and very much flushed, and there were strong workings in the features, and strange gleams in the eyes.
“Oh, Jane, you torture me!” he exclaimed. “With that searching and yet faithful and generous look, you torture me!”
“How can I do that? If you are true, and your offer real, my only feelings to you must be gratitude and devotion—they cannot torture.”
“Gratitude!” he ejaculated; and added wildly—“Jane accept me quickly. Say, Edward—give me my name—Edward—I will marry you.”
“Are you in earnest? Do you truly love me? Do you sincerely wish me to be your wife?”
“I do; and if an oath is necessary to satisfy you, I swear it.”
“Then, sir, I will marry you.”
“Edward—my little wife!”
“Come to me—come to me entirely now,” said he; and added, in his deepest tone, speaking in my ear as his cheek was laid on mine, “Make my happiness—I will make yours.”
“God pardon me!” he subjoined ere long; “and man meddle not with me: I have her, and will hold her.”
“There is no one to meddle, sir. I have no kindred to interfere.”
“No—that is the best of it,” he said. And if I had loved him less
Charlotte Brontë’s fair copy of Jane Eyre, written out by hand between 16-19 March 1847 to be sent for publication.
Junot Díaz’s notebook for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Who can be in doubt of what followed? When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other’s ultimate comfort. This may be bad morality to conclude with, but I believe it to be truth; and if such parties succeed, how should a Captain Wentworth and an Anne Elliot, with the advantage of maturity of mind, consciousness of right, and one independent fortune between them,fail of bearing down every opposition? They might in fact, have borne down a great deal more than they met with, for there was little to distress them beyond the want of graciousness and warmth. Sir Walter made no objection, and Elizabeth did nothing worse than look cold and unconcerned. Captain Wentworth, with five-and-twenty thousand pounds, and as high in his
Jane Austen’s original manuscript of Persuasion, with rewritings
T. S. Eliot, Manuscript of “Virginia,” 1959
Here begins the Silmarillion or History of the
Of the Valar
In the beginning Eru who in Elivsh tongue is named Ilu[vatar] …
the All-Father, made the Ainur of his thought; and they …
a great music before him. Of this music the World was …
for Ilúvatar made visible the song of the Aniur and they beh …
as a light in the darkness. And many of the mightiest of them …
enamoured of its beauty and of its history which they saw begin …
and unfolding as in a Vision. Therefore Ilúvatar gave to th …
Being and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to b …
the heart of the World.
Then those of the Ainur who entered into the W …