Gift of a Letter

Gift of a Letter

by Alexandra Stoddard


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ISBN-13: 9780380714643
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Author of twenty-four books, Alexandra Stoddard is a sought-after speaker on the art of living. Through her lectures, articles, and books such as Living a Beautiful Life, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, Time Alive, Grace Notes, Open Your Eyes, and Feeling at Home, she has inspired millions to pursue more fulfilling lives. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stonington Village, Connecticut.

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Kohein on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The book, Gift of a Letter, by Alexandra Stoddard, provides a timeless analysis of the value of hand-written communication for both the writer and the recipient. She intimately describes the value of a letter in revealing deep truth and loving thoughts and compares letter writing to "sending your ship out." as the vulnerability and permanence are fixed. She encourages leaving the misspelled words, cross-outs, and additional expressions of truths because a letter written from the heart, i.e., a ¿spontaneous letter,¿ is an ¿extraordinary gift.¿ She further reports that a correspondence with, ¿¿ only one line is sufficient.¿ Ms Stoddard refers to and quotes many famous letter writers including Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Barrett, E.B.White, etc.; provides appendix listing famous letters she has enjoyed; and warmly discusses the writings of Virginia Wolf throughout the book. She states that, ¿Surely letter writing must be a part of the pursuit of happiness.¿ Who can deny the pleasure of receiving a hand written correspondence from someone you personally know even if it says only, ¿I¿m thinking about you...¿ Ms Stoddard challenges, ¿dare to begin,¿ ¿it is never too late,¿ that ¿no news is not good news,¿ and provides advice concerning how and what to write including comments concerning quality of hand writing. I recommend this book for any wondering about taking up the valuable habit of letter-writing. Letters allow you to purposefully communicate your true intent and may be read and re-read by the recipients at their leisure. This is an easy and educational read.