For biographers working with limited material, marginalia can provide invaluable personal insights. Photo: Shutterstock For biographers working with limited material, marginalia can provide invaluable personal insights. Photo: Shutterstock
For biographers working with limited material, marginalia can provide invaluable personal insights. Photo: Shutterstock
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

How handwritten notes help bring the dead back to life

  • Marginalia in books, on cover sheets and on scraps of paper add telling personal details and the private thoughts of individuals
  • Sorting the papers belonging to a late Portuguese friend led this columnist on a journey of discovery

For biographers working with limited material, marginalia can provide invaluable personal insights. Photo: Shutterstock For biographers working with limited material, marginalia can provide invaluable personal insights. Photo: Shutterstock
For biographers working with limited material, marginalia can provide invaluable personal insights. Photo: Shutterstock
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