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Letters of note : correspondence deserving of a wider audience / compiled by Shaun Usher.

Contributor(s): Usher, Shaun [compiler.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, in conjunction with Unbound, 2013Description: xvi, 368 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour), facsimilies (some colour) ; 29 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781782112235 (hardback).Subject(s): Letters | Letter writing -- HistoryDDC classification: 808.86 Summary: A beautifully produced, illustrated book based on the inspirational, hugely popular and utterly addictive website www.lettersofnote.com, with additional new content. From Virginia Woolf's heartbreaking 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, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives. Including letters from: Queen Elizabeth II, Elvis Presley, Charles Schulz, Leonardo da Vinci, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Anais Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Clementine Churchill, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and many more.
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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, Ana�s 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.

Includes index.

A beautifully produced, illustrated book based on the inspirational, hugely popular and utterly addictive website www.lettersofnote.com, with additional new content. From Virginia Woolf's heartbreaking 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, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives. Including letters from: Queen Elizabeth II, Elvis Presley, Charles Schulz, Leonardo da Vinci, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Anais Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Clementine Churchill, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and many more.

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Library Journal Review

Based on the blog of the same name, this collection of letters is so handsome that it looks like a coffee-table book, but it's more than that. In it, Queen Elizabeth II sends a note to President Dwight -Eisenhower reflecting on -Mamie and Ike's visit to -Balmoral Castle: she appends her recipe for scones. The chairman of the Whitehall Vigilance Committee receives a package with a note from Jack the Ripper accompanied by half a human kidney, pickled in wine: "I fried and ate it was very nise." Gandhi appeals to Hitler as the only one who can avert the impending war. Bank robber Clyde Barrow tells Henry Ford he only drives Fords. -Francis Crick alerts his son about DNA. A wife writes to her samurai husband on the eve of battle (he died in the fighting, she committed suicide) and an ex-slave addresses his former master. This treasure trove of fascinating material includes more than 125 letters from both the famous and the unknown dating as far back as 1340 BCE, many reproduced in facsimile. -VERDICT A beautiful collection that should appeal to everyone. Start reading it and you're lost.-David Keymer, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

This follow-up to 2014's collection offers newcomers and fans of the series another outstanding compendium of correspondence from celebrities, U.S. presidents, and ordinary citizens. Like its predecessor, each entry includes a replica of the letter in its original form next to some contextual information. The breadth of the collection is impressive; it contains both record producer Steve Albini's 1992 letter to the members of the band Nirvana about their upcoming collaboration on the In Utero album and Abraham Lincoln's touching 1862 letter to a young girl whose father was killed in the Civil War. The letters written by ordinary people are just as noteworthy: an educated slave's farewell letter to his wife after he was sold in 1858 and a soldier's firsthand account of the Christmas truce between British and German troops in 1914 are just some of the heart-wrenching inclusions. Happily, there are just as many lighthearted entries as glum ones, including a University of Sussex professor's cheeky cover letter applying for the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching post at Hogwarts, Ayn Rand's 1966 letter to the editor of Cat Fancy magazine, and an illustrated story Beatrix Potter sent to the five-year-old son of her friend and former governess. This fantastic collection of over 125 letters is endlessly entertaining. Color illus. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.