Letters of Note: Volume 1: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Letters of Note: Volume 1: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

by Shaun Usher
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Letters of Note: Volume 1: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher's eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, Letters of Note is an instant classic.

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ISBN-13: 9781452140865
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,490
File size: 55 MB
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About the Author

Shaun Usher founded the blog-based archive Letters of Note, hugely popular internationally. He lives in Manchester, England.

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Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I opened this book last night and could not put it down. The scope of these letters runs from the horrifying (letter possibly from Jack the Ripper) to the charming (letter from an eight year old boy to Richard Nixon commiserating with him about his pneumonia.) The intimacy and honest revelations about and by the rich, the famous, the ignoble, the humble, the obscure, the better knowns and the lesser knowns make for fascinating reading. I can see myself return to this book time and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. The arrangement of the letters keeps drawing you in; you cannot quit reading. It gives such insight and entertains. Of course, it makes you laugh and cry because it is the essence of the people.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. I really, really enjoyed this. There are so many amazing letters with such great details from such a huge timeline. LoN isn't one those coffee table books that you read in about an hour and never look at again. It's one you flip through for days on end, savoring letters from (for example) Queens or tyrants or rock stars to presidents, authors to fellow authors, wives to their deceased husbands, parents to their children, illustrators to fans, and so much more. (One of my favorites had to be the dam letter... I laughed so hard! Another that totally shocked me: a letter from Abe Lincoln's son to someone confirming a strange tie to John Wilkes Booth's brother.) I learned so much from this book and truly enjoyed being able to see the very letters themselves. Not all had originals shared with them, but most did (either version was just as intriguing).  It's obvious that Shaun Usher took a lot of time not only to acquire so many letters, but he also made sure to find out the background and proper context which seriously made the letters all that much more entertaining.   I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys books with letters, learning about American (and other country's) history, loves behind-the-scene facts about presidency, or simply wants a conversation piece in their home. I guarantee this will spur many a conversation!
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aij More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. I find it hard to put down once I pick it up. There's always another letter I just have to look at before i lay the book aside until later. And then another... The illustrations add a great deal of enjoyment to the content of the letters.