In this recent post in the Guardian, essayist Lorraine Berry discusses the concept of lost books and why many bibliophiles are so fascinated by them? Ms. Berry also cites authors who have spent time exploring these “book-shaped holes in the intellectual firmament…”
In particular, she references Giorgio van Straten’s recent work, In Search of Lost Books. She notes that among the lost works discussed by van Straten are “those by Nikolai Gogol (Parts II and III of Dead Souls, which he burned); Sylvia Plath (a novel called Double Exposure which disappeared after her death); Lord Byron (his personal memoir, which his family had burned to protect his reputation) and Ernest Hemingway (an entire suitcase of early work, stolen from a train at Gare du Lyon).
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been lost.