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To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art…

To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: Simon Garfield (Tekijä)

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An ode to the dwindling art of letter writing explores its potential salvation in the digital age, chronicling the history of letter writing as reflected by love letters, chain mail, and business correspondence, while surveying the role that letters have played as literary devices.
Teoksen nimi:To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing
Kirjailijat:Simon Garfield (Tekijä)
Info:Gotham (2013)
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To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing (tekijä: Simon Garfield)


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The letter has been a method of communication that has been in existence for thousands of years. In the book Garfield takes us from the utterances of Pliny, the wooden cards found preserved in the waterlogged ground at the town of Vindolanda next to Hadrian's Wall, the methods you need to to write the perfect letter and the art of the love letter.

There is a brief history of the postal service, after all you cannot send letters without it, and a couple of chapters on the growing market for correspondence to and from famous people and one one the advent of email and the subsequent fall in letter sending.

Interspersed throughout the book are a series of letters from a couple called Chris and Bessie. Thee were written during the war whilst Chris was based in North Africa, and Bessie was back in the UK. They are s series of raw. open and intimate love letters that reveal their growing love for each other and their fears of what might be during the war. It is a lovely way to add a change of pace to the book.

Garfield is a fine writer who manages to tease the most fascinating of details from the most mundane of subjects. He has a fine eye for detail and manages to keep the narrative moving swiftly on. More 3.5 stars, as it is not quite as good as [b:Just My Type: A Book about Fonts|7667461|Just My Type A Book about Fonts|Simon Garfield|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1307994993s/7667461.jpg|10270290], but well worth reading though. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Really enjoyable, but other than a bit of Greek and Roman prehistory, the book was largely confined to the UK and US—no mention of, for example, great haiku exchanges, courtesans of old writing and receiving poems, etc. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Jan 3, 2020 |
An exhaustive history of letters, letter writing, letter technology, and the history of postal systems, written in a casual, chatty style with frequent illustrations throughout. The sheer amount of information in the absence of a plotline made this exhausting reading for me, until it suddenly picked up at page 360 with an extremely well-done chapter on Hughes and Plath, followed by another on the man who chose the @ sign for email, Ray Tomlinson. Garfield's tone makes it clear that he didn't set out to write a reference book, but the sheer volume of information makes it one for me: too valuable not to have a permanent place on my shelf, but too voluminous and discursive to recommend as reading for pleasure. ( )
  john.cooper | Oct 26, 2019 |
This is a quirky book about the lost art of letter writing. I started writing letters again a few years ago, writing to family and later friends. My family and I still correspond but no friends ever returned a letter. One gentlemen did email me, saying he was pleasantly surprised to receive a handwritten letter, but that he used email these days. I have a letter waiting to go to my sister as I write this, and she will respond in kind. Garfield (his name was Garfunkel but this was changed by his forebears during the war; Simon Garfunkel would have been novel) touches on the re-emerging cult of letter writers, but begins at the beginning with the letters of Ancient Greece, and later Seneca et al., and mentions a number of famous authors and artists and their famous collections of letters that exist to this day. I did not know about Pliny the Younger's account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, nor many other letter-writing stories of old. The book is cleverly punctuated with letter from a soldier to a woman who becomes his pen pal/girlfriend during the Second World War, and the story of their growing love unfolds as does the history of the letter (and to some extent, the post). I found myself wanting to finish each chapter to get to the love story. It has inspired me to tackle a few of the as yet unexplored volumes of letters I have in my library: The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (three volumes), George Orwell: A Life in Letters, The Letters of John Keats, and, although not strictly letters, but The Journal of Sir Walter Scott. Garfield's work is well-referenced and provides a stack of further reading. This book was a gift, and while I may not have chosen it myself, it was an enjoyable and enlightening read, both from a historical perspective and also as one who might consider letter-writing, at least to my family, a form of hobby. I was surprised by the number of typographical errors in this book, typically words missing the plural where it was required and other words repeated other words repeated (like that), and while it is understandable that almost all but the longest surviving (and therefore most edited) works will have some typos, there were quite a few here. Nevertheless, there were many snippets of history I was completely unaware of, and for that alone it was useful, but as a complete package, with the love story intertwined, this is a delightful book and I am pleased to now have it in my collection. ( )
  madepercy | Feb 28, 2018 |
This wasn't really what I was expecting. I was hoping for a nostalgic view of letters written throughout the ages and instead was met with a history of magicians and talk of dig sites of Roman ruins. I didn't really stick with reading it after that as I was a little bored. Not my cup of tea. ( )
  SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
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