To the Letter

A Journey Through a Vanishing World
Product Number: WEB70407
Released: 24 Oct, 2013
Business Term: OBOU 2 Years
ISBN: #9780857868602
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Description

Every letter contains a miniature story, and here are some of the greatest. From Oscar Wilde's unconventional method of using the mail to cycling enthusiast Reginald Bray's quest to post himself, Simon Garfield uncovers a host of stories that capture the enchantment of this irreplaceable art (with a supporting cast including Pliny the Younger, Ted Hughes, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen, David Foster Wallace and the Little Red-Haired Girl). There is also a brief history of the letter-writing guide, with instructions on when and when not to send fish as a wedding gift. And as these accounts unfold, so does the tale of a compelling wartime correspondence that shows how the simplest of letters can change the course of a life.

Author(s): Simon Garfield
Original Publish Date: 24 Oct, 2013

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