This week’s question: Where are all these long-lost manuscripts coming from?
It seems it no longer matters if your favorite authors are dead or retired — their work just keeps on coming.
Recent years have seen a flood of original manuscripts rising from obscurity. “Lost” works by Edith Wharton, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others have all surfaced.
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Edith Wharton’s “The Field of Honor”
A postdoctoral fellow at Oxford stumbled across a previously unknown work by Wharton while researching World War I in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It was nine pages long, and it had been cut and pasted together with extensive annotations.
The story centers on Parisian society as it weathers the war. You can read it in full on The Times Literary Supplement.
From The Times Literary Supplement:
Although unfinished, “The Field of Honour” provides some fascinating insights into Wharton’s literary preoccupations as the war ended, particularly her feelings about women war workers and the relationship between America and France, and helps us understand further Wharton as a war writer.