T. E. Lawrence lost the first draft of Lawrence of Arabia when at Reading Railway Station
J. Meade Faulkner mislaid on a train, travelling between Durham and Elswick, a bag that contained the manuscript of his fourth novel.
Ernest Hemingway lost a trunk load of early manuscripts on a train in France.
John Steinbeck took two months to rewrite Of Mice and Men, after the first (and only) draft had been destroyed by a dog. The “poor little fellow may have been acting critically,” said the author.