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Overview

Filled with tons of the best of everything -- The Little Big Book of Love is the most adorable, chunky valentine ever.

There have been many successful love anthologies before this one, but none so complete, timeless, and delightful, and none in such a beautifully designed format. This great little fat love anthology is chock-full of stories, poems, songs, Biblical verse, letters and the best recipes ever including:

  • Poetry of William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Christopher Marlowe, William Butler Yeats, John Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, T.S. Eliot. E.E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Nikki Giovanni, Billy Collins and many, many more!
  • Excerpts and stories from writers including Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Henry James, D.H. Lawrence, Gustave Flaubert, and James Joyce
  • Observations on love, from Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Darwin
  • Love letters from famous historical figures such as Winston Churchill, William and Mary Wordsworth, John and Abigail Adams, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre... as well as many more lesser-known but equally passionate, entertaining, eloquent declarations.
  • Love songs like Always, As Time Goes By, Fools Rush In, My Funny Valentine, I Get A Kick Out Of You, and You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  • The BEST romantic recipes, with His and Her aphrodisiac dinner menus, A Forgiveness Breakfast, Cookie Valentines, A heart-shaped Strawberry-Meringue Shortcake, and Rose Petal Jam

Designed by Tim Shaner and lavishly illustrated throughout with nineteenth and early twentieth century illustrations, this charming book will reconfirm the simplicity, directness and importance of love.

About the Author:

Lena Tabori is the co-founder of Stewart, Tabori and Chang and publisher, director, and founder of Welcome Enterprises, Inc. She lives in New York and San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688174156
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/6/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Lena Tabori is publisher, director and founder of Welcome Books. Love is an enduring subject for Tabori, who has previously edited Kisses (Turner Publishing, 1991), and Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature with Jane Lahr (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1982).

Natasha Tabori Fried is the Managing Editor at Welcome Books. She is the co-editor or editor of many of Welcome's successful Little Big Books, among them The Little Big Book of Chills and Thrills, The Little Big Book of America, The Little Big Book of Life, The Little Big Book of New York, and The Little Big Book of Birds.

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Foreword

It is my birthday. I am fifty-five years old. This is my third love book and the second one edited with someone else. My first was with my closest friend. This time I am working with my daughter, Natasha Tabori Fried. The timing is perfect. I am deeply in love again.

Two years ago I was in Kauai to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of a dear San Francisco friend. He had invited ten of us to share a house on Hanalei Bay for a week. One of the ten was his newly single best friend. Well, the daily rainbows, the rain on the roof at night, the moon in the sky, and the phosphorescent fish in the water (making stars above and below) certainly created the perfect backdrop. But our union, Franco's and mine, goes on. Our families and friends have merged. We have a life together in San Francisco and in New York. He's a technology guy and I'm a publisher, an editor, and sometimes, a writer. We're not the same at all. But we pair well.

I was reading a poem of Rumi's at one point this last year, as I flew back and forth between the two coasts:

When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you are not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.

And I laughed, thinking how wonderfully specific someone else's experience could be to my own. This book is filled with such recurring recognition.

My daughter -- now twenty-eight -- and I read, talked, and shared with each other material that we loved. She rediscovered Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë. I discovered Nikki Giovanni and Simon Ortiz. We tossed anything we didn't both loveor anything that the delicious, merry, and very turn-of-the-century illustrations didn't resonate to. The images now marry brilliantly to everything from The Velveteen Rabbit to Napoleon's jealous letters to his wife, Josephine, to the songs of Cole Porter and the Gershwins, to the plays of Shakespeare. They adore their association with the recipes, and soar with the poems. The illustrations are key to this volume's charm.

This book believes that love is here to stay. It is packed with all the diversity that the Western world has to offer on the subject. Johnny Mercer's Something's Gotta Give is certainly different than Robert Frost's Never Again Would Birds' Songs Be the Same and, artistically, bears no resemblance to e.e. cummings' Somewhere I Have Never Travelled. But each of these creators is celebrating the beloved. Mark Twains ever-perfect Adam and Eve ("We?" says Adam. "Where did I get that word? I remember now -- the new creature uses it.") sets the tone for the books commitment. "He" discovers "she" in this divine piece and, complicated as the discovery was and often is, he cannot live without her.

This fat little book is overflowing with love. It is in love with love. Love at its deepest, highest, most touching place. Oh, yes, there is some obsession: Cole Porter's Nigbt and Day speaks of it, Sarah Bernhardt celebrates it, and the aphrodisiac dinner even attempts to instigate it. And there is certainly passion.

But there is also tenderness and humor. Love has a way of bringing everyone to the same place, and when Queen Victoria confides her love for her future husband, Albert, you come to the heart of the book. You will find this commitment spoken of in endless ways: in Robert Bly's exquisite Such Different Wants, and in the amazing letters that Winston Churchill, John Adams, and Dylan Thomas write to their wives.

Finally, there are the perfect recipes: chocolate mousse, fortune cookies complete with suggested fortunes, and unbelievable lemon hearts. A Forgiveness Breakfast will occasionally be in order and it, too, is here. But mainly, primarily, there is our hope that you will find this vibrant little book filled with profound and wonderful surprises.

     To you, from Natasha and me,
                               Lena Tabori

Copyright © 1999 by Welcome Enterprises, Inc.

The Little Big Book of Love. Copyright © by Lena Tabori. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    Well Done!

    I could not put it down. Read it together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Great Pics!

    This book is very adorable. Nice vintage pictures, very colorful and full of many great love letters, diary entries, etc. Great for V-day!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Cupid strikes pay dirt with this winner

    This is a compilation of poems, classic excerpts from plays and stories, words from popular songs, sweet tasting recipes, love letters, short-short stories, and illustrations that focus on love as a theme. The poets, storytellers, and playwrights represent a who¿s who of English literature to include Shakespeare (his sonnets), Twain, Joyce, Dumas, and Angelou among other notables. The love letters include Churchill, Napoleon, Darwin (an extract from his famous Journal), and Kafka, etc. The songs are older classics. <P>The collection is fun, well designed, and can be leisurely read in no particular order as desired by the reader. Cupid struck pay dirt with this wonderful collection that will brighten up anyone¿s day. THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF LOVE makes a wonderful unique Valentine¿s Day present that will not lie on a coffee table, as the recipient will relish the wide variety of tributes to the power of love. <P>Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 19, 2011

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