These days, almost all works of literature are written on computers, from the first inklings saved in a .doc called "notes," to the final, emailed-out draft. They're even, increasingly, read on computers. In such a climate, it's even easier to be fascinated by the handwritten drafts and original manuscripts of classic literature, from which much can be inferred via handwriting, paper choice, and strength of pen marks. With more than a little help from awesome Tumblr Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!, I've collected a few favorite specimens. Below, peek at the handwritten manuscripts and drafts of some of the world's greatest novels—the elegant script or frantic cross-outs of your favorite authors.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's manuscript of The Great Gatsby. [via Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!]
Handwritten page of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. [via Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!]
Mark Twain's handwritten manuscript pages from the beginning of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. [via Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!]
A page from the manuscript of Sartre's Nausea. [via Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!]
From John Steinbeck's handwritten manuscript of The Grapes of Wrath. [via Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!]