Love Letters of Great Men

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Remember the wonderfully romantic book of love letters that Carrie reads aloud to Big in the recent blockbuster film, Sex and the City? Fans raced to buy copies of their own, only to find out that the beautiful book didn't actually exist. However, since all of the letters referenced in the film did exist, we decided to publish this gorgeous keepsake ourselves.

Love Letters of Great Men follows hot on the heels of the film and collects together some of history's most romantic ...

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Overview

Remember the wonderfully romantic book of love letters that Carrie reads aloud to Big in the recent blockbuster film, Sex and the City? Fans raced to buy copies of their own, only to find out that the beautiful book didn't actually exist. However, since all of the letters referenced in the film did exist, we decided to publish this gorgeous keepsake ourselves.

Love Letters of Great Men follows hot on the heels of the film and collects together some of history's most romantic letters from the private papers of Beethoven, Mark Twain, Mozart, and Lord Byron. For some of these great men, love is "a delicious poison" (William Congreve); for others, "a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music" (Charles Darwin). Love can scorch like the heat of the sun (Henry VIII), or penetrate the depths of one's heart like a cooling rain (Flaubert). Every shade of love is here, from the exquisite eloquence of Oscar Wilde and the simple devotion of Robert Browning, to the wonderfully modern misery of the Roman Pliny the Younger, losing himself in work to forget how much he misses his beloved wife, Calpurnia.

Taken together, these letters show that perhaps men haven't changed all that much over the last 2,000 years—passion, jealousy, hope and longing still rule their hearts and minds. In an age of e-mail and texted "i luv u"s, this timeless and unique collection reminds us that nothing can compare to the simple joy of sitting down to read a letter from the one you love.

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"Inspired by Sex and the City...the most romantic book ever." — Daily Mail (UK)

Love Letters will sell boatloads of books—He's Just Not That Into You...became a phenomenon thanks to the rabid fans of the show.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312567446
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 193,248
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula Doyle lives in London where she was, until recently, the deputy publisher of Picador.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    ALL THE WORLD LOVES A LOVER

    Whether or not you remember the scene in the film Sex and the City in which Carrie read from a book of love letters to Mr. Big doesn't really matter. What is of import is that when Ursula Doyle, formerly deputy editor of Picador, noted the flurry of women looking for the book that did not really exit, she decided to make it happen.<BR/><BR/> Make it happen she did by researching the private papers of a number of famous men and collecting their intimate thoughts on love. It is no surprise that the feelings aroused by love have not changed very much over the centuries. What is surprising and endearing is the expression given to those feelings by some of the most articulate fellows who have ever lived, including such disparate individuals as Mark Twain, Henry VIII, and Roman Pliny the Younger.<BR/><BR/> Reading these letters is one thing, hearing them is quite another matter. If love letters are going to be heard let them always be given voice by noted Shakespearean actor Anton Lesser. His resonant, theatre trained voice easily moves from plaintive entreaty to harsh scolding when a loved one feels he has been neglected. Lesser's readings of letters describing the depth of one's love for another are indeed sigh producing.<BR/><BR/> As is said, all the world loves a lover and all will love this collection. <BR/><BR/> - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    The original book does exist.

    The book referenced in Sex in the City does exist and a copy can be found at the Schwarzman Building in NYC. The full title is "Love Letters of Great Men AND Women". It was put together by C.H. Charles and originally published in 1924.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2009

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    Great men, great lovers

    Loved the book, very romantic. The introductions were nearly as brilliant as the letters themselves. Great Valentines gift for the man in your life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    Truly Romantic

    I bought this book for my husband for Valentine's Day. Wonderful book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    romantic

    This is great for reading anytime of the day. Not only do you get to read the love letters, you also get the history behind them. Which makes the read even more touching. I would definately recommend this book.

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

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    PERFECT!

    I pre-ordered this book when it became available and couldn't wait to get it in the mail. This is the perfect book to snuggle with your mate by a fire and read to him/her. I'm a newlywed (9 months) and this book started our honeymoon all over again? In this day and age of text messages and emails this book will inspire you to go back to the days of writing an actual love letter. This is a great book! One that you will read over and over again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

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    I love it!

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