I read an article this morning talking about an original hand written Sherlock Holmes manuscript by Arthur Conan Doyle that is about to be auctioned off. The manuscript is of the short story, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter and it includes the first appearance of Sherlock's brother, Mycroft.
Obviously this is a super exciting little piece of literary history that some lucky person will soon have the chance to own, and it got me thinking. What manuscript would I most love to own?
I'm talking if price, availability and existence were no barrier. Which piece of literature would I wish to own the original hand written text of?
There are a lot of books and authors I adore and while there are many that I would get ridiculously exited over finding a first printed edition, let alone the original manuscript, the one that stands out most would be The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
For starters, the editions currently available differ somewhat from the original in that Wilde was asked to tone things down for his audience so of course I'd adore to read the first finished version word for word,but I also think that it has something to do with the man himself.
Wilde was such a larger than life character, even in his own time, but he has become something of a myth over the years. There are so many stories about him, some true, some exaggerated but to have something so grounding as his manuscript for The Picture of Dorian Gray? Well. I'm not sure I can imagine any other treasure so great.
How about you? Which manuscript would you like to own or even just get a chance to look at?