Letters of Note

Letters of Note

An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of A Wider Audience

Book - 2014
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"This collection of 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history--the brightest and the best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Letters are not ordered chronologically or thematically, but are artfully arranged for a discovery-rich reading experience. Each entry includes a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a facsimile of the letter itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781452134253
Branch Call Number: 808.86 Lett
Characteristics: xvi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: One's drop scones / Queen Elizabeth II to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
From hell / Jack the Ripper to George Lusk
Wind the clock / E.B. White to Mr. Nadeau
I am to be executed / Mary Stuart to Henry III of France
I hear you like tomato soup / William P. MacFarland to Andy Warhol
Bill Hicks on freedom of speech / Bill Hicks to a priest
Your pal, John K. / John Kricfalusi to Amir Avni
The elephant man / Francis Carr-Gomm to The Times
I like words / Robert Pirosh to various
I can't fight any longer / Virginia Woolf to Leonard Woolf
There is no money in answering letters / Groucho Marx to Woody Allen
As dire as its title / Ian Main to head of Comedy and Light Entertainment, BBC
I stand astounded and appalled / Charles Dickens to The Times
Fifty lady sharpshooters await / Annie Oakly to U.S. President William McKinley
To hell with Hitler / Patrick Hitler to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thank you for the dream / Roald Dahl to Amyu Corcoran
How I would like to work for you! / Eudora Welty to The New Yorker
'Music is 'life it'self / Louis Armstrong to Lance Corporal Villec
To my old master / Jourdon Anderson to Patrick Henry Anderson
My good friend Roosvelt / Fidel Castro to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
A man has to be something ; he has to matter / Hunter S. Thompson to Hume Logan
I beg you to take my child / various mothers to The Foundling Asylum
Eat your vegetables! / John W. James III to U.S. President Richard Nixon
A personal letter from Steve Martin / Steve Martin to Jerry Carlson
Is it a disgrace to be born a Chinese? / Mary Tape to San Francisco Board of Education
O.M.G. / John Arbuthnot Fisher to Winston Churchill
It is only adults who ever feel threatened / Ursula Nordstrom to a school librarian
God damn it, I split it so it will stay split / Raymond Chandler to Edward Weeks
I shall be waiting for you / Lady Shigenari to Kimura Shigenari
My muse is not a horse / Nick Cave to MTV
Our Frank / The Connell Family to the Ciulla Family
I am not afraid of robots. I am afraid of people / Ray Bradbury to Brian Sibley
Do / Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse
What do you say? I can't hear you... / Katharine Hepburn to Spencer Tracy
The ax / Charles M. Schultz to Elizabeth Swaim
I love my wife. My wife is dead. / 0Richard Feynman to Arline Feynman
You are not so kind as you used to be / Clementine Churchill to Winston Churchill
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus / Virginia O'Hanlon to editor of the Sun
I have just written you a long letter / Alfred D. Wintle to editor of The Times
Sweetheart, come / Emma Hauck to Mark Hauck
Avenge my death / Masanobu Kuno to his children
Don't touch his hair / Three Elvis Presley fans to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
To: my widow / Robert Scott to Kathleen Scott
Put up your dukes and write! / Jack Kerouac to Marlon Brando
You must know again my reluctance to marry / Amelia Earhart to George Putnam
I'd like to continue to be a good soldier / Eddie Slovik to General Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Galilean moons / Galileo Galilei to Leonardo Donato
The birch bark letters / Gavrila Posenya to relatives
To a top scientist / Denis Cox to a top scientist
Deep sickness seized me / Lucy Thurston to Mary Thurston
He's here, living and vivid and unforgettable forever / Stewart Stern to the Winslows
I miss my biggest heart / Emily Dickinson to Susan Gilbert
Your end is approaching / unknown to Martin Luther King, Jr.
A most important discovery / Francis Crick to Michael Crick
The skills of Leonardo da Vinci / Leonardo da Vinci to Ludovico Sforza
I am in a state of shock / Flannery O'Connor to a professor of English
Federal agent at large / Elvis Presley to U.S. President Nixon
Do not grieve for me / Fyodor Dostoevsky to Mikhail Dostoevsky
17 million negroes cannot wait for the hearts of men to change / Jackie Robinson to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
11 alive.. need small boat... Kennedy / John F. Kennedy to Allied Forces
Where did that fall / Spike Milligan to Stephen Gard
In event of moon disaster / William Safire to H.R. Halderman
The most beautiful death / Laura Huxley to Julian and Juliette Huxley
Regarding your dam complaint / Stephen L. Tvedten to David L. Price
Why explore space? / Dr. ernst Stuhlinger to Sister Mary Jucunda
I am very real / Kurt Vonnegut to Charles McCarthy
An idiot of the 33rd degree / Mark Twain to J.H. Todd
Hang on, my love, and grow big and strong / Iggy Pop to Laurence
I wrote a book called The Godfather / Mario Puzo to Marlon Brando
The result would be a catastrophe / Roger Boisjoly to R.K. Lund
All the ladies like whiskers / Grace Bedell to Abraham Lincoln
I felt the risk of being overwhelmed / James Cameron to Leslie Barany
How could you go ahead of me? / a widow to Eung-Tae Lee
I am the servant of the king / Ayyab to Amenhotep IV
I shall always be near you / Sullivan Ballou to Sarah Ballou
I'm still someplace / Uncle Lynn to Peggy, Dorothy, Chuck, and Dick Jones
The birth of bonfire night / Unknown to William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle
It's up to you now / Bette Davis to B. D. Hyman
Forget your personal tragedy / Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald
I was meant to be a composer / Samuel Barber to Marguerite Barber
Permission to land / Buang-Ly to USS Midway
Say yes I need a job / Tim Schafer to David Fox
We no longer have any right to remain silent / 36 American writers to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Kipling's hints on schoolboy etiquette / Rudyard Kipling to editors of the Horsmonden School Budget
Sex does not thrive on montonony / Anaïs Nin to The Collector
Dear "Dr." Fields / Bill Baxley to Edward R. Fields
The Heiligenstadt testament / Ludwig van Beethoven to his brothers
Pay it forward / Benjamin Franklin to Benjamin Webb
Eddie's house / Jim Berger to Frank Lloyd Wright
I was ready to sink into the earth with shame / form letter
Sorrow passes and we remain / Henry James to Grace Norton
It will prove invincible / Philip K. Dick to Jeff Walker
Thank you Bob / Frederic Flom to Bob Hope
New rubbish dialogue / Alex Guinness to Anne Kaufman
I refuse to be cheated out of my deathbed scene / Rebecca West to H. G. Wells
Obscene and sacrilegious / Lord Bernard Delfont to Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings
Wretched Woman! / Jermain Loguen to Sarah Logue
This is no drill / CINCPAC to all ships
Dear 8 year-old Teresa / Wil Wheaton to Teresa Jusino
What a dandy car you make / Clyde Barrow to Henry Ford
Love, Dad / Ronald Reagan to Michael Reagan
We are sinking fast / Titanic to SS Birma
An incredible coincidence / Robert T. Lincoln to Richard W. Gilder
Pixar films don't get finished / Pete Docter to Adam
May we all get better together / Charles Bukowski to Hans van den Broek
We all feel like that now and then / Sir Archibald Clark Kerr to Lord Reginald Pembroke
It was hard to give five sons to the Navy / Alleta Sullivan to U.S. Navy
Nothing good gets away / John Steinbeck to Thom Steinbeck
the great fire of London / James Hicks to his fellow postmasters
It is like confessing a murder / Charles Darwin to Joseph D. Hooker
Hardly one. Hardly one / Arthur C. Fifield to Gertrude Stein
John Lennon signed my album / Mark Chapman to a memorabilia expert
Things to worry about / F. Scott Fitzgerald to Scottie
My wick hath a thief in it / Charles Lamb to Bernard Barton
Vote for me and I will help you out / John Beaulieu to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Do scientists pray? / Albert Einstein to Phyllis
For the sake of humanity / Mohandas Gandhi to Adolf Hitler
I have not shot her yet / Dorothy Parker to Seward Collins
Letter to a young poet / Rainer Maria Rilke to Franz Kappus
What great births you have witnessed! / Mark Twain to Walt Whitman
Einstein's one great mistake / Albert Einstein to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Come quick to me / Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald
Art is useless because.. / Oscar Wilde to Bernulf Clegg
I leave it in your capable hands / Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol
Slaghterhouse-five / Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. to Kurt Vonnegut
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Jun 02, 2017

Powerful. Intimate. Unforgettable.

A glimpse into the private world of famous and not so famous people from thousands of years ago up to recent times. A wide range of authors and subject matter. What a fabulous idea for a book - even more so when the original handwritten copy is included with a typed duplicate and related pictures included.

I look forward to reading the second volume.

Apr 08, 2017

Awesome! inspirational!


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