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a. a book, document, etc., handwritten by its author; original manuscript; holograph
b. (as modifier): an autograph letter



(1) A handwritten inscription or signature.

(2) A handwritten author’s manuscript. Autographs form an important source for establishing the canonical (recognized as authentic) text of a work and are valuable material for studying the creative process of writers, scholars, and historical figures. The collection and custody of autographs is one of the functions of archives, libraries, and museums. In the USSR, manuscripts by K. Marx, F. Engels, V. I. Lenin, and several leaders of the CPSU are kept at the Central Party Archive of the CPSU Central Committee’s Institute of Marxism-Leninism. There are large collections of writers’ autographs at the V. I. Lenin State Library of the USSR and the State Literature Museum in Moscow, at the M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library and the Institute of Russian Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Pushkin House) in Leningrad, and in many memorial museums.

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In his study of Beckett, however, Abbott breaks newer and far more substantial ground than that favored by the geneticists in arguing that a fictive corpus may--through the exploration not of what preceded, but of what followed--open onto a terrain both distinct from the historical and narrative associations of autobiographic writing and delineated by the textual topography of what he terms autographical action.
Indeed, autographical action is the thesis that subtends the diverse subjects treated in the book, subjects that extend from the postnarrativity of Beckett's art (the result, precisely, of the undoing of the generative illusion) and its advancement of the utopian literary tradition (the undoing of the myth of Beckett's apoliticism) to the "agony of perceivedness," the self-conscious awareness of audience and reader characteristic of all Beckett's work.
THE THING ABOUT MY FOLKS, starring Peter Falk and Paul Reiser, is a semi- autographical film that Reiser wrote specifically for Falk, his all-time favorite actor.