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 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, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives. Including letters from: Zelda Fitzgerald, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Hicks, Anais Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Kurt Vonnegut, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Emily Dickinson and many more.
Why I Bought It
I’ve been following Letters of Note on Twitter for a few years and that’s also about as long as it has been sitting on my Amazon Wishlist.
I found a secondhand copy of it at a good price and I couldn’t resist treating myself.
I devoured this within a day. I’m a very nosy person so this was right down my street.
The letter from Roald Dahl to a child had me smiling. These are the sorts of letters that you would never even think about existing, yet they do and they’re in this book.
All of the reviews for this have called it a ‘coffee table companion’ and a book to pick up from time to time. For me, it was the exact opposite. I was addicted when I first opened it and couldn’t put it down.
I didn’t expect to see the actual copies of the letters in the book. I thought it would all be transcripts, so to be able to see the actual letters was a really nice touch.
Recommended to: Just about anyone
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