To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence
Autor GARFIELD, Simon
An apariţie 2014
Editura Canongate
Nr pagini 464
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B

To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence

  • Cod produs: 9780857868619
  • Disponibilitate: În Stoc
  • 56,00 Lei


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."Garfield being Garfield, there's a rich cull of curiosities . . . A shining success" (John Carey The Sunday Times)

"Wonderful . . . One of the things which makes this book so attractive is Garfield's enjoyment of his subject. He writes with a winning informality and freshness" (Diana Athill Literary Review)

"A wonderfully elegant history" (Observer)

"A brilliant account of a lost art . . . funny letters, sad letters, pompous letters, famous letters, farewell letters, saucy letters, letters from soldiers and letters from swindlers: they are all here" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

"A hymn of praise to twenty centuries of letter-writing. It spurs a desire to reach once more for the pad and envelope...Garfield's knowledge is wide and his enthusiasm matchless" (Libby Purves The Times)

"Excellent, amusing and moving" (Financial Times)

"Superb" (Independent on Sunday)

"Garfield is an elegant and perceptive writer . . . his judgment is immaculate" (Daily Mail)

"To the Letter thrills and engages most when it cuts to the core of human relationships, showing personalities pinned to the page in all their painful imperfections" (Observer)

"Delightful" (Daily Mail)

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