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The handwriting of 10 mystery writers


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Have you noticed many people posting their own calligraphy pictures on the internet? One of the most popular hashtags of the moment is precisely the one called #cursive, and the goal is simple: sharing this practice already forgotten in the era of e-mails and printers: to write using an elementary pen.

It all started when brazilian illustrator and artist Clarinha Gomes posted the following message on social networks: “With all its cadence, quirks, inconsistencies and hesitations … I love the #handwritingof people”. The idea led to thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter, with people posting “selfies” of their own calligraphy. The content of the notes varies: it shows casual messages, poems, song lyrics or nostalgic memories.

Inspired by the idea, literaturapolicial.com researched the calligraphy of ten important mystery writers, with records in Brazil and worldwide.

Check out our selection and have fun!

 

1. Stephen King

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“We all float down here”, wrote the King. He doesn’t have the world’s best calligraphy, but we always understand him.
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2. Agatha Christie

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This rare letter shows the handwriting of Agatha Christie, on April 20th, 1961, in England. Agatha uses a basic blue ballpoint pen to decline a publicity request from the Central Office of Information. The letter is addressed to a Mr Kittermaster.
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3. Mario Prata

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Foto: arquivo pessoal.

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Handwriting of brazilian author Mario Prata, creator of detective Ugo Fioravanti
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4. Jo Nesbo

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Signing his best-seller “The Leopard”, check the mark of norwegian writer Jo Nesbo.

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5. Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Doyle wrote this letter to the editor of a newspaper on September 30th, 1895. The message expressed his concern regarding the book “Strange Secrets”, which stamped his name on the cover but had only one tale of his authorship inside. I just loved this one!

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x6. Tony Bellotto

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Foto: arquivo pessoal.

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Brazilian writer and musician Tony Bellotto’s handwriting. He wrote the book series with detective Remo Bellini.
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7. Raymond Chandler

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Raymond Chandler wrote this message to his wife, Cissy, in 1939. The dedication reads: For my Cissy who wants something much better, but was pleased even with this. So romantic.
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8. Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben and his stylish handwriting. And blue.
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9. JK Rowling

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This letter
was written by JK Rowling in 1998 to a fan named Thomas, where JK thanked the good wishes for the “Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize”. At the time, she was starting to get known for Harry Potter books. Nowadays, she published two books with private detective Cormoran Strike.

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10. Georges Simenon

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Foto: http://www.historical-autographs.com, arquivo pessoal.

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Maigret‘s father is also on the list! In the letter by Georges Simenon (left), dated on January 31st, 1959, he writes to someone named Albert-Jean apologizing for the late reply “I was working on my novel” saying he expected the visit of a friend in a few days. On the right side, the handwriting of his son John Simenon. Are they similar or what?

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With informations from Cmais
(Images: Icollector, Vintage Memorabilia, Shotsmag, Wikimedia, NYT, Historical Autographs, Broadsheet)
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