To the Letter : A Curious History of Correspondence, Paperback

To the Letter : A Curious History of Correspondence Paperback

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Every letter contains a miniature story, and here are some of the greatest.

From Oscar Wilde's unconventional method of using the mail to cycling enthusiast Reginald Bray's quest to post himself, Simon Garfield uncovers a host of stories that capture the enchantment of this irreplaceable art (with a supporting cast including Pliny the Younger, Ted Hughes, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen, David Foster Wallace and the Little Red-Haired Girl).

There is also a brief history of the letter-writing guide, with instructions on when and when not to send fish as a wedding gift. And as these accounts unfold, so does the tale of a compelling wartime correspondence that shows how the simplest of letters can change the course of a life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, illustrations (black and white)
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • Category: Prose: non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9780857868619



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Really enjoyable canter through the history of letter writing, taking us up to the digital era, Postman Pat delivering parcels and not letters to reflect current trends and so much more

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