Document: Manuscript Pages of Great Expectations
To celebrate the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth, Cambridge is publishing a full-color reproduction of the Great Expectations original manuscript. I talk about it a little bit over at The Paris Review Daily. People are always mourning the death of the handwritten letter, but rarely do they long for the days of writing manuscripts out freehand. I’m on the fence, I have to say. On one hand, it is pretty exciting to see all of Dickens’ hesitations, corrections, annotations. On the other, he is very lucky he was his own editor and publisher - I doubt he’d find another who could translate the scrawl.