Analyzing Writers’ Personalities From Their Handwritten Manuscripts

Jorge Luis Borges’ notebook

The direct upwardness of writing suggests a “self-reliant, independent” individual, and the small writing indicates one who is “intelligent, modest” and “unassuming” with a great “ability to concentrate.” His stick-like lower extensions suggest a stoic with simple tastes who just wants to “get the job done.” The extreme compression of the letters indicate an introvert who could turn out to be “the office ‘tightwad.'” Yikes.

Ernest Hemingway’s manuscript for “The Battler”

Hemingway’s evenly spaced lines suggest someone with clear thinking, able to organize his work properly. Like Borges, his little sticks instead of lower loops mean that he is a man of simple tastes — a man’s man, perhaps.