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Love Letters (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) [Hardcover]

Peter Washington
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8 Feb 1996 Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
This book contains a collection of the great est love letters of all time from 200 of the world''s most ar ticulate lovers. They include Napoleon, Elinor Wylie, Byron, James Joyce, Zelda Fitzgerald and many others. '

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (8 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857157265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857157260
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 7 Feb 2010
this is a beautiful book both in format and content - small and hand-size with a ribbon bookmark. Lovely to hold and the contents are delightful - made me smile, made me sad - laughter and heart-ache. So remarkable that these love letters have survived; some of them hundreds of years old. I bought 2 copies and then reluctantly gave them away as gifts. Must buy one for myself next time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter N 10 Jun 2012
Bought for my loved one and she is thrilled with it both on sentiment for my thought and for the content that allows her to dip in and out. A nice addition to our Everymans library
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific little Compilation! 3 Jun 2000
By Ben Fortel - Published on
Not only has this book been a fantastic source of beautiful quotes to share with my beloved, reading through it and using some of the letters it contains as a model has helped me express my feelings for her more eloquently.
Well organized and easy to use as a reference book, this handy little volume has love letters written by a large assortment of authors, poets, celebrities, and historical figures from a wide spectrum of time periods. This brilliant selection of letters runs the gamut of the various emotions present in any romantic relationship and is divided into sections which helps in finding letters most applicable to specific situations.
Most anybody will be able to find something that applies to them personally - a nice reminder that it's all been said before, and probably better than you'll ever be able to. I'm sure I'll continue to use this terrific source of inspiration and reflection for many years to come.
-the binding ribbon is really nice for marking special letters - an added bonus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nuances of Love 12 Oct 2007
By Anthony Rodriguez - Published on
Today we text message. We post messages on our Facebook or MySpace. We email, instant message, or call our beloved. And although it would be a mistake to judge these modes of communication as being better or worse than the love letter, one cannot help but think, and be awed, that for centuries the only means for two to send words of love was through the letter. Though there is poetry, though there are sonnets, plays, and novels without end expressing romantic love, for some reason the love letter holds a dear precious place in our hearts. Perhaps we remember our first love letter and through that remembrance of times past personalize the experience of reading the letters of another. Perhaps it is the concise passionate intensity of it. So much of one's heart in so short a space. Ink with the passion of one intoxicated by love.

Whatever it may be, we are drawn to it time and again. And in that fascination, Everyman's Library has taken passion of lovers and loved from the past centuries, for us to voyeuristically behold. Choosing to embrace all the nuances of love, rather than a single dimension, E.L. presents humorous love (G.K. Chesterton to Frances Plogg), intoxicating love (Keats to Fanny Browne), erotic love (Ann Hamilton and Barbara Villiers to Lord Chesterfield), deeply sad love (Nadia Mandelstam to Osip Mandelstam), and of course all consuming love(Bernard Shaw and Stella Campbell; F. Scott and Zelda). Through these letters, one sees love not as the construct of the imagination of an author, or poet, or playwright. Through these letters one sees love in all its living, breathing beauty and reality. This book does not idealize love. It does not have to. Love, as it exists in reality, is more beautiful, more perfect than any fancy any artist could conjure up. It is perfect not in spite of its flaws and pains and disappointments. It is perfect because of its flaws and pains and disappointments. In this book one reads of the joys and pains, the victories and defeats, the winters and springs of true love. In this book, filled with true love from true lovers, one sees that love is not perfected in books or art; it already exists perfect in life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great book 12 July 2011
By T. A. Piehl - Published on
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I bought this book to use in our wedding - instead of a ring-bearer's pillow. I was captivated, though, when I started reading the letters inside. Some are sweet, some are spicy, and some are sad. But they are all really fun and interesting to read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 Oct 2013
By Ann Y. Chan - Published on
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Fast delivery, and the book is in wonderful condition. I enjoyed the book to the fullest extent. Very nice collection of love letters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 5 Aug 2008
By Mae Doe - Published on
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I bought this because it was cheaper than the longer version that I found after watching Sex and the City movie. I am glad I bought the small version because although it is good for one liners, it is kind of boring after a while to read about someone else's private life without inside knowledge. My favorite is the letter to Josephine from Napoleon, which made it worth buying the book alone.
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