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To the Letter

A Curious History of Correspondence

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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. To the Letter is a wonderful celebration of letters in every form, and a passionate rallying cry to keep writing.

Product code: 9780857868619

ISBN 9780857868619
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
On Sale Date 03/07/2014
No. Of Pages 464
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS28
Edition Main
The paperback outing of this engaging and enlightening history of letter-writing and our relationship with the mail, from the bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map