Terry Pratchett, the Fantasy author best known for his 41 novel “Discworld” series passed away in 2015. One of his dying wishes was for the computer hard drive that held his unpublished and unfinished works to be destroyed by steamroller.
Interestingly enough, Pratchett is one of many famous authors whose dying wishes included their unpublished work to be destroyed. According to the New York Times, “Franz Kafka wanted his diaries, manuscripts and letters burned. Eugene O’Neill wanted the publication and performance of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” to be delayed until 25 years after his death. Vladimir Nabokov left instructions that fragments of a manuscript be destroyed. In all of these cases, though, the requests were ignored, and the unpublished work came to light.”
We may never know what exactly was on the hard drives that were ceremoniously crushed, but it’s safe to say that the story of them being crushed is a fascinating story in and of itself!