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The Love Book: Classic and Contemporary Poems, Letters and Prose on the Wonderful (But Troublesome) Theme of Love [Hardcover]

Allie Esiri

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6 Feb 2014

An exquisite collection of the very best writing on love. THE LOVE BOOK presents a new anthology of writing on all aspects of the most important emotion on earth. There's true love, unrequited love, erotic love, platonic love, thwarted love, comic love, mourned love and just about every other type of love, explored here in poetry, prose, letters and lyrics from the greatest writers in the English language. In one fabulously comprehensive volume, Allie Esiri brings together texts ancient and modern, from William Shakespeare to Sharon Olds, Catullus to Carol Ann Duffy, the bible to Bob Dylan; she offers us sonnets for wooing, lamentations for loss and perfect passages for weddings. Full of classics and all-time favourites, THE LOVE BOOK also includes lesser-known marvels, such as Mozart's love notes, Sappho's lesbian odes and a letter from Napoleon.

Forget corny greeting cards and chocolate box cliché, this is the literature of love at its finest. Beautifully presented and helpfully divided into themed sections, it's an indispensable collection for anyone who's ever had a heart.

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Allie is the editor of The Love Book ("Fantastic anthology" - The Guardian) and the co-editor of iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility ("This gorgeous and electrifying anthology should be on the shelf of every child in Britain" - UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy). She is also the creator of The Love Book app and the co-creator of the iF Poems app (available at your App store).
Allie is passionate about literature, especially poetry and the innovative power of technology to help spread the love of words. She has spoken at numerous schools and colleges and also at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Soho Literature Festival and The Sunday Times Education Festival.
Her apps feature readings by Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hiddleston, Helen McCrory, Harry Enfield, Gina Bellman and Damian Lewis.
Tatler call her the 'Poetry Powerhouse'. The Times say 'Hurray for iF poetry.'

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"A sumptuous collection of poetry and prose" (Herald)

"If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift, you can't do better than this" (Mail on Sunday)

"Filled with stories, poems and letters about the L word, it'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy" (Sainsbury's Magazine)

"An inspired selection of classic and contemporary poetry and prose on amatory themes, in a beautifully designed cloth-bound volume" (Juanita Coulson Lady)

"This passionate, funny, intimate and magical book captures love in all its random, brutal, wonderful shapes and sizes." (Richard Curtis)

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A glorious cloth-bound collection of poetry, prose, letters and lyrics penned by the finest writers in the English language, about the most important emotion on earth.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Reference or Conversation Piece 6 Mar 2014
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As a poetry lover, I was thrilled to be able to read (perhaps devour is a better word) this book. The selections run the gamut from ancient to modern, from sonnets to song lyrics, from Shakespeare to Bob Dylan, and I must say that I found very little to quibble with here. Every literary format is covered, letters, prose, as is probably every aspect of love. I could see this being used as a reference for writers, definitely as a conversation piece, and perhaps as a book club selection. There was so much material in the book that discussion topics would be plentiful and as varied as the selections covered. This is the kind of work that you can put down and pick up at will, you can read out of order. I will use it as a reference piece for whenever words fail me.
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