This study deals with previously unknown manuscripts that the authors have identified and reassembled in an as yet unorganized section of the Jakub Deml fonds in the Museum of Czech Literature. These manuscripts, fragments and variants of some seventy books and dozens of unpublished texts make a significant contribution to our understanding of the genetics and meaning of the work as a whole. They alter our idea of its genre composition and testify to the complex, non-linear chronology of the work. The authors identify three periods in which Deml’s manuscripts have different functions: the first period involves manuscripts and to a limited extent publishing (1896–1911); the second period independent publishing (1912–1941); the third period is the second manuscript period (1941–1961), when manuscripts became the main medium. Subsequently the study comments on the possibilities of a critical edition of the entire work.
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This article presents the post-mortem organization of Jan Hanč’s literary texts (1916–1963) as an open question. As a rule, the writer did not date his own works and, with the exception of three handwritten notebooks, did not put them in any order. In those cases where such information is provided within the text itself, we must understand it as an element of artistic stylization rather than evidence of documentation, or indication of the origin of the work. This article analyzes the work of the publishers of Hanč’s selected writings at the end of the 1960s, with regard to the author’s manuscripts in their material form.