diaries, letters, journals

The Notebooks of Men & Women of Letters

A glimpse of the inner workings of some of our favorite artists—

Above: A diagram of a potter’s wheel, c. 1508-1509, sketched by Leonardo da Vinci’s in one of his notebooks.

Above: Richard Grafton, c. 1572, from Graftons Abridgement of the Chronicles of Englande.

Above: Diary entry by Charlotte Brontë, 1836.

Above: From Mark Twain’s 1884 notebook where he is working out a number of characters.

Above: A page from Herman Melville’s journal about meeting Captain Pollard of the Essex.

Above: Pages from Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence manuscript.

Above: A page from Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms manuscript.

Above: A page from one of Kurt Cobain’s journals.

Above: Jack Kerouac’s notebook, 1953

Above: David Foster Wallace’s notebook, an apparent draft of The Pale King.

Above: Frida Kahlo’s diary.

Above: Page from George Orwell.

Above: Keith Haring’s journal, 1979.

Above: Nick Cave’s 1984 dictionary of words.

Above: Milton Glaser’s sketchbook, from Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, Monacelli Press.

Above: Jennifer Egan’s journal.

Above: A page from an early J.K. Rowling’s draft Philosopher’s Stoneshowing an abandoned plot-line.

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