Friend to Friend

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Author Lois Wyse celebrates this ageless art of friendship with letters from famous women to their friends. From Harriet Beecher Stowe (who writes to her best friend on the day of her wedding, minutes before the ceremony), Edith Wharton (contemplating her fortieth birthday), Virginia Woolf (on meeting a new friend), Ayn Rand (who writes to mend a friendship), to Abigail Adams (writing to her dearest friend, her husband), Susan B. Anthony, and Amelia Earhart, and many more. These letters remind us of the ...
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Overview

Author Lois Wyse celebrates this ageless art of friendship with letters from famous women to their friends. From Harriet Beecher Stowe (who writes to her best friend on the day of her wedding, minutes before the ceremony), Edith Wharton (contemplating her fortieth birthday), Virginia Woolf (on meeting a new friend), Ayn Rand (who writes to mend a friendship), to Abigail Adams (writing to her dearest friend, her husband), Susan B. Anthony, and Amelia Earhart, and many more. These letters remind us of the timelessness of the feelings that move each of us to reach out to our friends, and of the sheer joy that is our reward when we do.
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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
The best part about this delightful compilation is the wide variety of correspondents Wyse (Women Make the Best Friends) has chosen. The collection is composed of short letters from 40 well-known women including Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt and Virginia Woolf that were written, in most cases, to female friends and relatives. Wyse divides the book into celebration, consolation, appreciation and "ties that bind" and accompanies each section with a brief biographical essay that is sometimes overly flowery and speculative. Some letters reveal interesting, unknown aspects of the authors, such as writer Jane Bowles's haunting awareness of her failing memory and philosopher Ayn Rand's emotional insecurities. Others, however, for example Joan Crawford's thank-you note and poet H.D.'s message of sympathy to Robert Duncan, are so short and uninformative, why Wyse selected them is a mystery.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The best part about this delightful compilation is the wide variety of correspondents Wyse (Women Make the Best Friends) has chosen. The collection is composed of short letters from 40 well-known women including Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt and Virginia Woolf that were written, in most cases, to female friends and relatives. Wyse divides the book into celebration, consolation, appreciation and "ties that bind" and accompanies each section with a brief biographical essay that is sometimes overly flowery and speculative. Some letters reveal interesting, unknown aspects of the authors, such as writer Jane Bowles's haunting awareness of her failing memory and philosopher Ayn Rand's emotional insecurities. Others, however, for example Joan Crawford's thank-you note and poet H.D.'s message of sympathy to Robert Duncan, are so short and uninformative, why Wyse selected them is a mystery. Color illustrations not seen by PW. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830038060
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 207

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