Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting web article listing “The Top 10 Books Lost To Time” by major authors. Check it out here:
The Top 10 Books Lost to Time
Great written works from authors such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen that you’ll never have a chance to read
By Megan Gambino, Smithsonian.com, September 20, 2011,
1. Homer’s Margites
2. Lost Books of the Bible
3. William Shakespeare’s Cardenio
4. Inventio Fortunata
5. Jane Austen’s Sanditon
6. Herman Melville’s The Isle of the Cross
7. Thomas Hardy’s The Poor Man and the Lady
8. First draft of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
9. Ernest Hemingway’s World War I novel
10. Sylvia Plath’s Double Exposure
I’d add two more to the list actually. I’ve written about these two sad stories:
11. The loss of the work Roman Antiquities, that inspired Josephus and his work Jewish Antiquities.
12. The entire collection, save 4 books, of the South and Central American advanced native cultures (Aztec, Olmec, Inca, Mayan, etc.) when their libraries and books were destroyed by the Conquistadores as blaspemous.
When you want to destroy or conquer a culture, one place to start is their libraries. That’s the real potential impact of budget cuts.