Analyzing Writers’ Personalities From Their Handwritten Manuscripts

Franz Kafka’s manuscript for The Trial

Some of Kafka’s characters are so far upright that they slant slightly to the left, which indicates a “reserved, cold” and “withdrawn” personality, and the uneven base suggests a writer who is “moody” and “restless.” We must say, we did not need help interpreting this chicken scratch as restless. However, his use of “arcades” — top-rounded connectors rather than soft, loopy ones,  suggests a “creative personality… a constructive thinker, one who deliberates before making up his mind.” That’s our totally anal, totally bizarre Kafka.