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Book Description:From the author of A Book of Oneâ€™s Own and Stolen Words comes a delightful and wide-ranging investigation of the art of letter writing.Yours Ever explores the offhand masterpieces dispatched through the ages by messenger, postal service, and BlackBerry. Thomas Mallon weaves a remarkable assortment of epistolary riches into his own insightful and eloquent commentary on the circumstances and characters of the worldâ€™s most intriguing letter writers. Here are Madame de SĂ©vignĂ©â€™s devastatingly sharp reports from the court of Louis XIV, F. Scott Fitzgeraldâ€™s tormented advice to his young daughter, the besotted midlife billets-doux of a suddenly rejuvenated Woodrow Wilson, the casually brilliant spiritual musings of Flannery Oâ€™Connor, the lustful boastings of Lord Byron, the cries from prison of Sacco and Vanzetti. Along with the confessions and complaints and revelations sent from battlefields, frontier cabins, and luxury liners, a reader will find Mallon considering travel bulletins, suicide notes, fan letters, and hate mailâ€“forms as varied as the human experiences behind them.Yours Ever is an exuberant reintroduction to a vast and entertaining literatureâ€“a book that will help to revive, in the digital age, this glorious lost art.
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