What do we mean when we say the word? It takes many forms. There is selfish love. There is conditional love. There is erotic love. There is even a giving, redemptive, selfless love. What is interesting about Antonia Fraser's collection of love letters is how diverse they are in content and style.
All kinds of love surface in these letters. They are from diverse sources. Some letters are from famous historical figures. Others were written by relatively obscure sources. Some of the letters are very restrained. Others are full of passion.
"Love Letters" speaks to the core of what we humans deal with when it comes to love. So often represented symbolically with the rose, love too has its flower and its thorn; its spring time and its winter. Mrs. Fraser has caught the essence of love's many facets in her brilliant collection. It was a joy to read.
I recommend Antonia Fraser's "Love Letters."