15 Postcards from Famous Authors

Summer may seem like the ideal postcard-writing season, what with cruises and camp, but we’ve always been most inspired to write them in the fall, when the leaves are changing and we’re feeling wistful. So to amp up that wistful feeling a bit — and since as you’ve probably noticed, we just can’t get enough of ogling literary ephemera — we went on the hunt for interesting postcards written by famous authors, from Jack Kerouac to Franz Kafka to Rainer Maria Rilke. After the jump, admire the penmanship, doodles, and forceful words of a few of your favorite authors, and be sure to link us to any interesting literary postcards we missed in the comments.

A line in the sand, from Jack Kerouac to editor Malcolm Cowley, 1956. [via]