How could such an important manuscript disappear? Some suspect Hughes was involved. Certainly he destroyed some papers because he didn’t want their children to read them. Plath wrote that her novel is “about a woman whose husband turns out to be a deserter and womanizer” (she was deeply hurt by Hughes’ affair with Assia Wevill).
There are rumors of a secret copy being hidden at Plath’s alma mater, Smith College in Massachusetts. Hughes claimed Plath’s mother stole it.
Memoirs of Lord Byron
Oh, what a juicy read that would be. The romantic poet was literature’s most outrageous bad boy. He had one child with his half-sister and had affairs with many married ladies and young men. He loved gambling, alcohol and opium. At Eton he kept a tame bear. He drank from skulls and kept a coffin in his dining room. His ghost story gatherings inspired those of Mary Shelley Frankenstein. What’s not to love?
Many, according to his executors, who decided in 1824 to burn his two volumes of memoirs because they would ruin his reputation. What reputation? This decision has been called the greatest crime in literary history, worse than anything Byron has done in his daring career.
Early Stories by Ernest Hemingway
I always felt sorry for Hadley, Hemingway’s first wife. In 1922 she packed several of his short stories and part of a World War I novel into a suitcase and left Paris by train for Switzerland to meet her husband. But the trunk was stolen, and no copies of the manuscripts survive. Hemingway was hit very hard. He once said he chose to have surgery to erase the memory, and he sometimes claimed it was the reason he divorced Hadley.
Any Hemingway story would be worth reading. And this lost WWI novel may have been a prototype for it A farewell to guns.
sand tone by Jane Austen
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