The Oxford Book of Letters

The Oxford Book of Letters

by Frank Kermode
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192804901

ISBN-13: 9780192804907

Pub. Date: 09/05/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Reading other people's letters, like reading private diaries, offers thrilling and unexpected glimpses into the lives of others, and it is partly this guilty pleasure we take in such literary eavesdropping that makes The Oxford Book of Letters so compelling. With subjects ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary, from the tragic to the hilarious, this volume

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Reading other people's letters, like reading private diaries, offers thrilling and unexpected glimpses into the lives of others, and it is partly this guilty pleasure we take in such literary eavesdropping that makes The Oxford Book of Letters so compelling. With subjects ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary, from the tragic to the hilarious, this volume spans over five centuries and chronicles the affairs of correspondents from Elizabeth I to Groucho Marx, from politicians to poets, from the famous to the unknown.
But whether the writers are educated or barely literate, whether their style is polished and witty or stumbling and artless, these letters display an immediacy and intimacy not shared by any other form of writing. In an age where communication is instant and ephemeral, this volume celebrates the glory of the written word, and what may well be a dying art form.
"This unusual and intriguing collection offers letters unlikely to be encountered elsewhere.... Leafing through these pages, it is easy to become caught up in the private lives laid open to our view."—The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192804907
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/05/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,008,932
Product dimensions:
7.69(w) x 5.13(h) x 1.25(d)

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