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Lost and found manuscripts of 2011

From Tagore's rare notebook to Agatha Christie's manuscript, this year has been quite eventful in terms of discovering lost literary treasures. Here's a look at the famous manuscripts which were found in 2011.

books Updated: Dec 21, 2011 11:53 IST
Hindustan Times

From the famous theft of Ernest Hemingway's novels to the loss of William Faulkner's novel four times, manuscripts have had a way of getting lost. It is no less than a eureka moment when they're found many years later.

This year has been quite eventful in terms of discovering lost literary treasures. Here's a look at the famous manuscripts which were found in 2011.

Jack Kerouac - The Sea is My Brother: The Lost Novel

The original 158-page handwritten manuscript was Kerouac's first novel, begun when the writer - most famous for his free-wheeling trip across America captured in On The Road.

Agatha Christie - Murder in the Making

This is the second volume compiled from Christie's unpublished notebooks, which were discovered in her home in 1973.

Charlotte Bronte - The Young Men's Magazine, Number 2

This was written in 1830 when the author was 14. It is set in Glass Town, the earliest fictional world created by the Bronte siblings. It sold for a record 690,850 pounds ($1.1 million) at auction, more than double the price expected.

Rabindranath Tagore 's notebook

A previously unknown notebook of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, containing his poems and other works, dated back to 1928 fetched $ 170,500 at a Sotheby's auction. The book contained 12 poems and lyrics for as many songs in Bengali, including some heavily amended drafts of his subsequently published works.

Enid Blyton's 180 page manuscript

A 180 page manuscript, otherwise unpublished was published and titled as Mr. Trumpy's Caravan . It was found in February after a collection of papers belonging to the writer were auctioned in 2010. The auction took place right after the death of Enid's oldest daughter who possessed those papers.

James M Cain - The cocktail waitress

This lost novel by The Postman Always Rings Twice author James M Cain has been discovered, and is set for publication next autumn. This was the last book written by Cain before his death in 1977, but it was never published.

First Published: Dec 21, 2011 11:53 IST