This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of historythe brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlighteningsurprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, Letters of Note is an instant classic....
|Title||:||Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||498 pages|
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Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience Reviews
This one is truly amazing.
Such a beautiful collection of inspiring letters.
Will reread this many times, I think.
Wish I had the physical copy, I would treasure it forever.
Just lengthening my already humongous wishlist, I guess.
Update April 2017:
Did in fact get a physical copy and reread it! Still great.
What a happy accident! Call it synchronicity, or serendipity, or kismet, or whatever - I’m just glad I found it when I did.
Referenced on the excellent blog, “Brain Pickings,” curated by Maria Popova (https://www.brainpickings.org/) - I can’t even recall which article mentioned it or which letter it pointed me to - I dug a little deeper and was pleasantly surprised to find that the entire collection is a treasure trove of seemingly unrelated missives from people famous and infamous, from Roman ti ...more
I am a member of what feels like a very limited group of people who still favor “snail mail” and the written word. There is an element of romance involved which can’t be found in a text message or email. Although self described as a “poor letter-writer”; Shaun Usher equally sees the beauty of letters and compiles 125 of them in, “Letter of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience”.
“Letters of Note” follows a simple concept: a compilation of 125 letters presen ...more
As a fan of epistolary novels and anything connected to letters, I could not wait till I got my own copy of this book. The book turned out to be something even more exciting and engorssing than I expected. It is a collection of the most interesting, moving and impressive letters ever written, some witty, some touching, but I enjoyed all of them, separately and also together, as a set of the most characteristic property of every human being - ability to use language and write, in such a manner, a ...more
This book has been on my radar for a while due to its unique nature, and I finally picked it up after seeing it in a bookstore and feeling a magnetic pull towards it.
The curation of this book is superb, for one, in that the layout makes it enjoyable and easy to read and decipher the letters - it doesn't over face you in the quantity of information surrounding the letters which ensures that the focus of the book remains on the letters themselves, rather than the context and further information o ...more
Cute idea--reproducing correspondence between famous people to give insight into their personal lives, or the events of the time--but became a bit tedious after maybe 1/3 of the way through.
I was pretty high on this book to start with!
I opened this e-book with high expectations and still have hopes that the physical hardcover book will be a good addition to the coffee table. But I thought the content was only so-so with lots of letters from hundreds of years ago that did not get me excited. The letter from the Campbell Soup Company marketing director to Andy Warhol was a great start but overall there were too many dull and maudlin letters to keep up a high level of enjoyment. The r ...more
I have loved reading and writing letters since I was a little girl. It was ever so thrilling to go to the mailbox and bring back an envelope addressed to me, open it with reverent anticipation, and pour over the words meant for my eyes only. I know firsthand that one can KNOW a person from their letters. It's how I got to know my grandmother in spite of being miles and miles apart. Now a senior citizen I enjoy the friendship of five pen pals. We've written for over 15 years, pouring our hearts o ...more