“When you hold the letter from someone you admire and who was dead before you were born, I think it’s the closest connection you can have with that kind of person because you are holding a small frozen moment in their lives – they can have passed … a lot of time if it’s a manuscript with that piece of paper, they played. ”
Pedro Corrêa do Lago has one of the largest private collections of autographed letters and manuscripts in the world. It includes tens of thousands of handwritten documents of 5000 of the most important figures in the fields of art, literature, history, science, music, and entertainment since 1153. They ended up meeting in a new book, The Magic of Handwriting.
The collection of Corrêa del Lago includes a letter from Oscar Wilde asking for the favor of Bram Stoker, the new husband of his first love
There is a marble order sketched by Michelangelo; The first and last known letter of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; The Sigmund Freud project for 20 sessions; a letter from Emily Dickinson; Puccini score for Girl of the Golden West; drafts for In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust; a sketch of the accessories of the Tramp, by Charlie Chaplin; and a letter from Mary Shelley, a few months after the death of her husband Percy Shelley, asking the Italian authorities to deliver the boat in which he drowned and all its contents. There is also a letter from Wolfgang Mozart to his father Leopold, mentioning that he is dating a young singer – something that could have upset Leopold, who wanted his son to concentrate on his studies.