• Manuscripts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n manuscript the form of a literary work submitted for publication
    • n manuscript handwritten book or document
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first known American novelist to hand in a manuscript that was typed was Mark Twain. His typewriter was a Remington No.1, which was invented by Christopher Sholes and Carlos Glidden.
    • Manuscript An original literary or musical composition written by the author, formerly with the hand, now usually by typewriter or word processor. It is contrasted with a printed copy.
    • Manuscript Writing, as opposed to print; as, the book exists only in manuscript .
    • a Manuscript Written with or by the hand; not printed; as, a manuscript volume.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: American novelist Mark Twain was the first known author to submit a typed manuscript
    • manuscript Written with the hand; in handwriting (not printed).
    • manuscript Consisting of writings or written books.
    • n manuscript A book, paper, or instrument written by hand with ink or other pigment, or with a pencil or the like; a writing of any kind, as distinguished from anything that is printed. Especially
    • n manuscript Such a book, paper, or instrument so written before the introduction and general adoption of printing in the fifteenth century, or in a style in vogue before the invention of printing. The oldest surviving manuscripts are Egyptian, of which some are at least 3,500 years old. Ancient manuscripts are written on papyrus, parchment, or vellum, and are usually in the form of a long band which was rolled for convenience about a rod. Greek manuscripts are in uncial, cursive, or minuscule characters. The uncials are the oldest form, and resemble modern capitals. The cursive characters are derived from the uncials, though they came to differ much from these in shape, and are used in manuscripts from the second century before Christ. The minuscule writing is that practised with few or no exceptions since the ninth, century; the forms of the earliest printed Greek closely resemble it. Latin manuscripts are in capital, uncial, cursive, or minuscule characters. The capitals are the earliest form, but their use was not entirely discontinued until the Carolingian epoch. The uncials, of which the letters are characterized by their rounded shape, were developed very early, attained their highest perfection in the fourth century, and continued in use until the ninth century. The cursive writing was developed from the uncial; it appears in the graffiti found scratched on the walls of Pompeii, Rome, etc., and is the parent of many old systems of writing, as the Lombard and Merovingian. The minuscule style was developed in the eighth century, in the monastery of St. Martin at Tours, and reached its perfection in the twelfth century. In this style are written the splendid manuscripts of the middle ages, produced for the most part in monasteries, and enriched with superbly illuminated initial letters and elaborately painted miniatures. Upon the introduction of printing, the minuscule writing supplied models to the earliest type-makers. Palimpsest manuscripts are manuscripts written in antiquity or in the early middle ages upon papyrus or vellum from which earlier writing had been erased. Modern science has been successful in deciphering the imperfectly effaced characters of many such manuscripts, and has recovered in this way some of our most valuable remnants of classic literature. The three most important Biblical manuscripts extant are the Alexandrian Codex, the Vatican Codex, and the Sinaitic Codex. (See codex.) These are of course all uncials. See capital, cursive, majuscule, minuscule, uncial. Often abbreviated MS., plural MSS.
    • manuscript To write by hand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most expensive book or manuscript ever sold at an auction was The Codex Hammer, a notebook belonging to Leonardo da Vinci. It sold for $30.8 million.
    • adj Manuscript man′ū-skript written by the hand: not printed
    • n Manuscript a book or paper written by the hand
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  • Aleister Crowley
    “The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Your manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good.”
  • Oliver Herford
    Oliver Herford
    “Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. manuscriptum, lit., something written with the hand. See Manuscript (a.)


In literature:

In order to verify certain dates and data, the publisher submitted the manuscript to Thomas Stevenson.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
The line in the play was doubtless borrowed from a manuscript copy of the 'Sonnets.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Edited from the original manuscript by William Cowan.
"The Jacobite Rebellions (1689-1746)" by James Pringle Thomson
The steps by which the argument that Gil Blas is taken from a Spanish manuscript proceeds, are few and direct.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
Manuscript, proofs, and revises of additional matter for First Impression.
"The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge" by Henry Festing Jones
Spinoza's manuscripts were handed around by his pupils.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
To find this it is necessary to read many, many manuscripts.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
None of these have been published, but I have had the privilege of examining some of the manuscripts.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
In her other hand I recognized the bulky manuscript of George Thario's First Symphony which she was burning, page by page.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
How the manuscript got to Fulham nobody knows.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford

In poetry:

Yet in his holiest crypt
Treasuring the scroll,
Keeps the sweet manuscript
Fair as her soul.
"A Woman" by Thomas MacDonagh
"Come, wander with me," she said,
"Into regions yet untrod;
And read what is still unread
In the manuscripts of God."
"The Fiftieth Birthday Of Agassiz. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To dare all for a woman's smile
Or breathe one's heart out in a rose--
Such trifles now are out of style,
The scented manuscript must close.
"To Clara Morris" by Edwin Carty Ranck
What though Boccaccio, in his reckless way,
Mocking the lazy brotherhood, deplores
The illuminated manuscripts, that lay
Torn and neglected on the dusty floors?
"Monte Cassino. Terra Di Lavoro. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It's awful to think of,--how year after year
With his piece in his pocket he waits for you here;
No matter who's missing, there always is one
To lug out his manuscript, sure as a gun.
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
She said, but what the amorous god replied,
So Fate ordain'd, is to our search denied;
By rats, alas! the manuscript is ate;
O cruel banquet which we all regret;
Bavius, thy labours must this work restore,
May thy good-will be equal to thy power.
"Daphne to Apollo. Imitated From The First Book Of Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Matthew Prior

In news:

Hemingway Manuscript & Letter PBS.
The Manuscript --Notes from the Pearl S Buck Birthplace.
Among the manuscripts donated to Juilliard is a piano arrangement of Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge," which sold at Sotheby's for $1.95 million.
A Film That Raced From Manuscript To a Scorsese Set.
Saved the last, incomplete, unseen Vladimir Nabokov manuscript from a threat of destruction.
These templates are only meant to aid you in preparing a draft of your manuscript for peer-review , but they do not and will not reflect the final format for publication.
I TOLD Helen that I thought the manuscript was really good.
Time to dust off that manuscript.
Should I submit my own illustrations with my picture-book manuscript.
Manuscripts that involve issues in psychology raised by psychoanalysis and issues in psychoanalysis raised by psychology are welcome.
This manuscript just got a revise-and- resubmit decision, with generally quite positive comments.
Isaac Gewirtz, curator of the library's Berg Collection, from which the manuscripts come, writes in an essay accompanying the exhibition that the sonnet 's rise corresponded to the 14th-century Platonist revival.
T is hard to believe that any significant manuscript by Henry D Thoreau could have remained unpublished all these years.
Many younger teachers aren't prepared to teach cursive or manuscript, said Kathleen S Wright, national handwriting product manager for Zaner-Bloser Publishing, which develops instructional tools.
Kerouac manuscript on display at Columbia College.

In science:

The organization of this manuscript is following.
Scaling Law and Aging Phenomena in the Random Energy Model
The authors also thank Anand Yethira j and Jurgen Horbach for critical reading of the manuscript.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
Luest for useful discussions and reading the manuscript.
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
The purpose of this manuscript is to study aging phenomena of the GREM with this protocol.
Numerical Study of Aging in the Generalized Random Energy Model
Manrubia and the referee for their critical reading of the manuscript.
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks