Previously-unknown manuscript of John Donne discovered
John Donne is primarily known as the greatest of the metaphysical poets, and this manuscript is a collection of his poems. I’ve never been the biggest fan of his poetry (maybe I should read it again), but I love his prose. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions is one of my favorite books of all time.
I also cannot express how much I love it when previously-unknown works of classical authors are found tucked away in drawers or on bookshelves or in boxes. Or found kept in English manor homes. I am absolutely convinced that the lost plays of Shakespeare are neatly bound in quartos and sitting on the shelf of some unexplored English manor library. Or in some English housewife’s attic. They are there, I tell you. Love’s Labours Won and Cardenio. And possibly others no one even knows about, the references to which have been lost to time. Or the Great Fire of London. Or the TARDIS (by the way, that was the stupidest episode of Doctor Who, ever. Ever).
*sigh* I miss working at the Folger.