Article Repost: Longing for Great Lost Works

For your reading pleasure, here’s an interesting article I located on the WSJ’s arts section. It’s always an interesting concept to think about just what could be laying in wait for us if we could locate it, Hemingway’s briefcase of stories or Capote’s final manuscript for “Unanswered Prayers” – and always a sense that the mystery of looking for it is better than actually digging it up.

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By Stephen Marche

The Wall Street Journal

April 18, 2009

In 1995 Unesco named April 23 World Book Day because of a morbid literary coincidence. Both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died April 23, 1616, the same exact date but 10 days apart, since England was on the Julian Calendar while Spain was on the Gregorian. It’s a fortunate coincidence (or near coincidence) because collectively, they produced one of the greatest missing literary works of all time, the play “Cardenio.” And on World Book Day I always find myself thinking about the books that don’t exist more than the ones that do.

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