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Letters of note : an eclectic collection of correspondence deserving of a wider audience

Author: Shaun Usher
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literature
Personal correspondence
Correspondence
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shaun Usher
ISBN: 9781452134253 1452134251
OCLC Number: 1037253253
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Canongate Books Ltd in conjunction with Unbound"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description: xvi, 352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 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 Amercan 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.
Responsibility: compiled by Shaun Usher.

Abstract:

"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"--

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