Centre for the Studies of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), Universität Hamburg
VAN MIERLO, W., 2014. Creativity on the manuscript page: William Wordsworth’s Diaries Notebook (DC MS 19). Manuscript of the Month, 02/2014
Unprepossessing and tattered from use, the small, black-covered notebook which contains the earliest known version of William Wordsworth (1770-1850) great autobiographical poem The Prelude is a manuscript that speaks to the imagination. One of the prized treasures of The Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage, Grasmere (DC MS 19), the notebook was a cheap, ordinary, ephemeral affair; and despite being designated “Diaries”, written on a paper label on the front cover, its original intended use was to be merely practical. So why was it so significant that it was worth preserving?
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