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To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence By Simon Garfield

To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence
by Simon Garfield

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
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To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence Summary


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.

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Sku
GOR005936678
Title
To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Canongate Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
464
ISBN 10
0857868616
ISBN 13
9780857868619
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N/A
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