Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The late John Cheever once insisted that saving a letter is like trying to preserve a kiss. Luckily for us, the loved ones of great writers ranging from Sappho to Anne Sexton, from Anton Chekhov to Mr. Cheever himself have ignored that clever dictum. In more than one hundred of the most powerful, witty, wicked and whimsical letters ever written, we chronicle passion's erratic progress. Why should Marcus Aurelius's amorous words sit side by side with John Steinbeck's letter to the woman who inspired much of his late work? Distinguished scholar Cathy Davidson argues that the love letter is a form of literature all its own, a genre whose language may have changed from ancient Rome to twentieth-century America but whose basic form and content remain the same. For if all literature is a kind of seduction, then the love letter becomes the perfect vehicle for writers to hone their seductive skills. With novelistic flair, Ms. Davidson has arranged these letters as though they were all part of one romance - a romance in which any of us may have played a part. From the joy of Falling in Love to the pain of Unrequited Love, we chart the evolution of that most hard-to-define emotion. These pages are filled with glorious examples of writers being just like the rest of humanity, to wit: willing to stake so much on what at times seems like nothing more than a promise and an act of faith. How delightful to discover the master of light verse Ogden Nash writing tenderly to a woman he first saw across a crowded room nine months earlier: This is a particularly gifted and intelligent pen. Look what it's writing now: I love you. That's a phrase I can't get out of my head - but I don't want to. I'vewanted to try it out for a long time; I like the look of it and the sound of it and the meaning of it. Of course what writers do better than anyone else is to write about love. Through Ms. Davidson's deft touch, The Book of Love becomes a treasure trove of literary discovery. She. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: A Valentine's Day selection of more than one hundred love letters features passionate prose by writers ranging from Sappho to Anne Sexton, Marcus Aurelius to Nelson Algren. Reprint.
Recensione: One hundred astonishing love letters by writers ranging from Sappho to Sexton, Neruda to Nin--these are definitely not your garden- variety sigh-fests. Cathy Davidson has delivered--though not signed or sealed--some extraordinary specimens. See Zelda Sayre's rather odd missive to F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Come Quick--Come Quick to me--I could never do without you if you hated me and were covered with sores like a leper..." or John Steinbeck's jocular letter to Elaine Scott: "Am a widower with 10,000 acres in Arizona and seven cows so if you can milk I will be glad to have you give up that tinsel life of debauchery and sin and come out to God's country where we got purple sage. P.S. Can you bring a little sin and debauchery along?" There's a letter for every mood--Davidson's arrangement covers love's infinite variety, from the act of falling to the fact of fighting. Of course, it's important to take some assertions less seriously than others. Though Henry Miller tells Anais Nin, "You have silenced me," he does carry on for another two pages!
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Descrizione libro Plume, 1996. Condizione libro: Good. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP2541203
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