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Original manuscript of 'The beehive'

  • Detail of the manuscript of 'The beehive' © Fundación Camilo José Cela

    Detail of the manuscript of 'The beehive' © Fundación Camilo José Cela






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Original title

Manuscrito original de “La colmena”

This original manuscript of 'The beehive' offers a glimpse of their working methods followed by Camilo José Cela while writing the novel.

The central core of the writer's legacy is formed by a set of handwritten manuscripts, which include the originals of his novels. This manuscript for 'The beehive', one of his masterpieces, is particularly interesting, as it reveals the process involved in the writing and editing of the novel; for example, the changes before arriving at the definitive title; the five complete drafts with corrections, additions and eliminations; or the final version which was sent to press. The handwritten work also includes abundant documentation relating to the literary text.

Details of the work


286 handwritten and 526 typed pages


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