Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name – an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.
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With his website lettersofnote.com, Shaun Usher achieved his goal of curating a “museum of letters”. In his new book he draws from correspondence he has discovered, crafting an amazingly eclectic collection that includes letters written by royalty, rock stars, lovers, patients, slaves, famous figures and everyday people. Author Hunter S. Thompson’s humble and deeply considered advice to a young man named Hume Logan is surprisingly useful. A Chinese-American mother whose daughter is denied admittance into a California public school on the basis of race pens a plainspoken condemnation of the Board of Education. Groucho Marx’s note to Woody Allen, who was hurt by the elder comic’s lack of correspondence, glimmers with warmth and brio. Through these candid, vivid and intensely personal communications, readers get a front-row seat to cultural history—and an intimate glimpse into the writers’ hearts.
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I laughed & cried.
Make sure you set aside a couple of hours before opening this book.