To the Letter : A Curious History of Correspondence, Paperback

To the Letter : A Curious History of Correspondence Paperback



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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