Analyzing Writers’ Personalities From Their Handwritten Manuscripts

Edith Wharton’s manuscript for The House of Mirth

The downward slope at the end of the line could indicate “pessimism” and “fatigue” — or maybe just the awkwardness of writing at the edge of one’s notebook. Her letters are large, which can mean she has a healthy ego, and fairly widely spaced apart, indicating “generosity” and “freedom from supervision,” even suggesting that she might be an “entrepreneur.” Her relatively light hand suggest that she is cultured and prefers an “intellectual approach” to any given situation.