Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (Paperback)Shaun Usher (compiler)
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Dear Mr President,
Seeing a picture of you in today’s newspaper, standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe of the drop scones which I promised you at Balmoral…
Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people.
From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' (in a letter to Winston Churchill no less), to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.
It’s enough to make you put pen to paper.
Now you can read even more of the most famous correspondence in More Letters of Note, a second volume of epistolary delight.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 970 g
Dimensions: 230 x 180 x 180 mm
Addictive, like dipping into a bag of variously tempting assorted candies, knowing that the next one will always bring surprise and pleasure * * New Yorker * *
A gloriously presented compilation * * Financial Times * *
The literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure . . . The result is beautifully produced, with photographs and colour facsimiles of much of the correspondence. A gorgeous Christmas present * * The Sunday Times * *
It is hard to see how Letters Of Note could ever be surpassed * * Mail on Sunday * *
Funny, tragic, brilliantly incisive, historic, lyrical, romantic and studiedly offensive, this stupendous compendium of letters ancient and modern is my book of the year. You will never tire of it -- Stephen Fry
It is inspiring, and often sad, funny, and occasionally quite surreal * * GQ * *
A wonderful collection of magical missives . . . It'll have you reaching for pen and paper * * Evening Standard * *
As a guide to letters that deserve a wider readership, Usher's compilation is hard to beat * * Scotland on Sunday * *
A truly extraordinary reading experience * * Big Issue * *
The volume is so well-produced it could become an heirloom, passed down through generations * * Huffington Post * *
This is an absolute dream and a privilege to have read . . . A beautifully arranged compilation of letters . . . Letters of Note boasts correspondence that will change your world-view, letters of love, rejection and admiration, fetters to wonder at and inspire * * Ribble Valley * *
Witty, tragic, educational, inspirational * * The List * *
This wonderful volume features letters for the great and the good, including Mick Jagger, Roald Dahl - and the Queen, with her personal recipe for drop scones! Some are witty, some are wicked and others will move you to tears * * Bella * *
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