Yours Always: Letters of Longing

Yours Always: Letters of Longing

by Eleanor Bass (Editor)


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Love letters are potent. They breathe. They speak. They can arouse, comfort, captivate. They can also cut deep.

The powerful, deeply personal letters collected here reveal the painful underside of love. Witness Winston Churchill 'growl with anger to be treated with benevolent indifference' and Edith Piaf reel in the throes of a 'terrible' passion.

Through the letters of literary icons Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, Hollywood stars Elizabeth Burton and statesmen Henry VIII and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Yours Always offers an unusually intimate insight into the lives of such illustrious figures.

Love is revealed here in its many shades of disharmony and confusion: unrequited, uncertain, imbalanced, unconventional, thwarted, failed and forbidden. Love is not always rose-tinted, and Yours Always illuminates the sorrows that can accompany falling in, falling out, and staying in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785783166
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,159,656
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Eleanor Bass is a freelance researcher and writer. Having previously read Theology at the University of Cambridge, she obtained her doctorate in English Literature from King’s College London in 2015.

Table of Contents

Editorial Note


Unrequited and Unequal Love

Charlotte Brontë to Professor Constantin Héger

Winston Churchill to Muriel Wilson

Iris Murdoch to David Hicks and Raymond Queneau

W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne

Andre de Dienes to Marilyn Monroe

Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

Virginia Stephen and Leonard Woolf

David Hume to La Comtesse de Boufflers

Charles Dickens to Maria Beadnell

Claire Clairmont to Lord Byron

Edith Wharton to Morton Fullerton

Rebecca West to H.G. Wells

Conflicted and Condemned Love

Franz Kafka to Felice Bauer

Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland

Ernest Hemingway and Agnes von Kurowsky

Edith Piaf to Dmitris Horn and Louis Gérardin

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Loretta Young to Spencer Tracy

Graham Greene to Catherine Walston

Abelard and Héloïse

Marie Curie to Paul Langevin

Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas

Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lucy Rutherfurd

A Final Word

Vera Brittain and Roland Leighton

Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath

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