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.
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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
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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