Love Letters of Great Women
The letters in this collection were written during centuries when ‘the bar to success for women was set almost impossibly high’, and the greatness of these letter-writers resides in their resilience in the face of seemingly insuperable odds. Ranging chronologically from Lady Joan Pelham writing to her husband in 1399 to Katherine Mansfield’s letters to John Middleton Murray between 1915 and 1918, the 27 women featured include Nell Gwyn, Mary Wollstonecraft, George Sand and Rosa Luxemburg.
The Letters of Jessica Mitford
Of all the Mitford sisters, Jessica – known to her friends as Decca – was the most radical, a Communist Party member and passionate supporter of civil rights. She was also, as this volume demonstrates, a prolific, witty and entertaining letter writer, whose address book read like an international Who’s Who, from Guy Burgess and Martin Luther King to Hillary Clinton and Liberace. Peter Y Sussman’s introduction, essays and notes provide fascinating biographical and historical context.
The Letters of TS Eliot
Volume III: 1926–1927
TS Eliot entrusted the selection and editing of his letters to his wife Valerie, and in these volumes she presents the correspondence in chronological order, with detailed notes and, at the end of each volume, biographical notes on the correspondents, an index of correspondents and a general index. During the crucial years covered by Volume III, Eliot set a new course for his life and work: he was received into the Church of England and naturalized as a British citizen; and there was a new manner and vision in his poetry, with the first of the Ariel poems, 'Journey of the Magi' in 1927.
The Letters of TS Eliot
Volume I: 1898–1922 (Revised edition)
TS Eliot entrusted the selection and editing of his letters to his wife Valerie, and in these volumes she presents the correspondence in chronological order, with detailed notes and, at the end of each volume, biographical notes on the correspondents, an index of correspondents and a general index. This first volume of the Letters originally appeared in 1988 and is republished in this revised edition with approximately 200 new items. It covers the years from the poet's childhood in St Louis, Missouri to 1922, by which time he had settled in England and published The Waste Land.
The Letters of TS Eliot
Volume II: 1923–1925
TS Eliot entrusted the selection and editing of his letters to his wife Valerie, and in these volumes she presents the correspondence in chronological order, with detailed notes and, at the end of each volume, biographical notes on the correspondents, an index of correspondents and a general index. The prolific and varied correspondence in this second volume reflects Eliot's profoundly influential work as editor of the Criterion and cultural commentator. It demonstrates not only the emerging continuities between his thinking as poet and essayist, but also their relation to his friendships and personal circumstances.
Letters from an Early Bird
The Life and Letters of Denys Corbett Wilson 1882–1915
Donal MacCarron tells the story of an early pioneer aviator who took to the air soon after the Wright brothers proved that man was capable of controlled powered flight. A record-breaking amateur before 1914, Corbett Wilson signed up with the Royal Flying Corps at the outbreak of war. His letters from France to his mother vividly describe the life of a RFC airman in the First World War. He was shot down and killed in 1915.
Lennox Berkeley and Friends
Writings, Letters and Interviews
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) was one of the most influential English composers of the 20th century. This biography charts his life and career in his own words. After an introduction by Dickinson, who first met Berkeley in 1956, it presents its subject's account of the musical life of Paris between the wars, his letters to his teacher Nadia Boulanger, and his first-hand memories of fellow composers Ravel, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten, as well as Dickinson's interviews with Berkeley's colleagues and friends.
One Hundred Letters from Hugh Trevor-Roper
This selection of 100 letters by Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003) shows him to be a letter-writer of rare accomplishment in the tradition of Madame de Sevigne or Horace Walpole. The book contains only private correspondence, setting the great historian and controversialist in a more intimate light, but also discussing informally topics such as his abhorrence of Communism and the infamous Hitler diaries affair.
An Englishwoman in California
The Letters of Catherine Hubback 1871-76
A niece of Jane Austen and a novelist herself, Catherine Hubback was 52 when she left England to settle in Oakland, California, where her son worked as a grain merchant. Her letters to family back home - published here for the first time - convey her delight and exasperation at her new environment, and bring a novelist's eye to bear on the people of the rapidly expanding San Francisco Bay area. An introduction charts the life of this adventurous and resourceful woman.
Selected Letters of Norman Mailer
'Novelist, biographer and chronicler of American life', Norman Mailer (1923–2007) was also a prolific letter-writer. Selected from some 45,000 pieces of correspondence, and edited with introductions to each decade by J Michael Lennon, this volume includes letters to family, friends, fellow writers, political figures and cultural icons such as John Lennon and Marlon Brando. It is, in effect, an autobiographical portrait of one of America's greatest writers and one of the 20th century's most provocative intellectuals. American-cut pages.
Letters of Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes described letter writing as 'excellent training for conversation with the world'. Christopher Reid has selected nearly 300 letters which show the many facets of Hughes: poet, husband and father, lover of the natural world, and a man for whom literature was a way of being fully alive to experience. Spanning the poet's life, from age 17 to a few days before his death in 1998, the letters are accompanied by Reid's notes on their biographical and literary context.
The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich 1939–1952
Aristocrat, socialite, actress and wife of Duff Cooper, Churchill's wartime Minister for Information, later Ambassador to France and Viscount Norwich, Diana Cooper was also an inveterate letter-writer. Gathered here, her missives to her only son John Julius Norwich during the Second World War and its aftermath provide a vivid picture of the age and its personalities, and a woman of great intelligence, happiest on her country smallholding but able to cope with the demands on a politician's wife.
The Consummate Collector
William Beckford's Letters to his Bookseller
This volume of over 350 letters written by William Beckford (1760-1844) to his bookseller George Clarke between 1830 and 1834 gives a vivid picture of the insatiable connoisseur in the act of gathering his extraordinary collection of printed books. The correspondence is the most complete documentary record of Beckford's libraries, both at Fonthill Abbey and in Bath, but also illuminates the contemporary world of the London book trade, wealthy collectors, publishers and auction houses.
Living on Paper
Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934–1995
The philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) would spend up to four hours a day on her correspondence, writing to friends, lovers, students, fans and even casual acquaintances. This selection of her letters, edited and introduced by Avril Horner and Anne Rowe, gives a kaleidoscopic portrait of a life lived to capacity and marked by numerous emotional imbroglios and intense friendships with fellow philosopher Philippa Foot and novelist Brigid Brophy, alongside a long and stable marriage to John Bayley.
The Correspondence of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn began their correspondence during the Second Dutch War of 1664-7 when both men were involved with war casualties, Pepys as Clerk of the Acts and Evelyn as a Commissioner for Sick and Wounded Seamen and Prisoners of War. Evelyn's final letter, some 40 years later, is dated a few months before Pepys's death in 1703. Illuminating their friendship and Restoration society generally, this is a complete and fully annotated edition of all the letters that passed between the two great diarists.
Collected Letters of Rosina Bulwer Lytton
After a disastrous marriage, Rosina Bulwer-Lytton (1802-1882) earned her living writing novels. In books such as Cheveley, or The Man of Honour (1839) she vilified her ex-husband, but also successfully drew attention to the plight of abused and separated women generally. Her letters, spanning 1825 to 1881, reveal the intensity of her efforts to expose Bulwer-Lytton's wrong-doings and the difficulty of her life as a single woman separated from her children, and as a writer. No jackets.
The Wainwright Letters
Alfred Wainwright (1907–1991) will always be known for his handwritten, hand-drawn Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Throughout his life, he was an eloquent and witty correspondent, as this selection of letters, compiled by his biographer and fellow Lakeland resident Hunter Davies testifies. Written to friends, publishers, fans of his guidebooks, and to Betty, his great love and second wife, they reveal a more sensitive character, eccentric, tough-minded yet innocent, than his bluff public persona would suggest.
from the North of Scotland
In the late 1720's, Edmund Burt went to Scotland to work as an engineer on Highland roads and bridges. From his base in Inverness he wrote regularly to a friend in London, describing his experiences and relaying information on everything from the clan system to the scourge of malhoulakins (midges). Written 20 years before Culloden, long before the Highland clearances and first published in 1754, the letters offer a rare picture of contemporary Highland life. The present single-volume edition is introduced by Charles Withers.
Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
Christopher Isherwood was a world-famous novelist when he met Don Bachardy on a Santa Monica beach in 1952. Despite a 30-year age gap, they lived as an openly gay couple in closeted Hollywood. In these charming letters, Isherwood is the stubborn old workhorse Dobbin, Bachardy the playful young Kitty. Candid and affectionate, they draw the reader into the private world of the Animals, offer gossipy sketches of Isherwood's writer and actor friends, and chart Bachardy's burgeoning career as a painter.
Letters of Louis MacNeice
Once regarded primarily as a member of the Auden-Isherwood set, Louis MacNeice is now considered one of the greatest Irish poets of the 20th century. This magisterial collection of his letters – to recipients including his family and fellow poets Auden, Eliot and Larkin – offers a humane, witty reflection on his Irish Protestant heritage, his turbulent love life, his work at the BBC – and an enthusiastic celebration of what he described in his poem 'Snow' as 'the drunkenness of things being various'.
The Correspondence of Jean Sibelius and Rosa Newmarch, 1906-1939
For more than 30 years, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius corresponded in a mixture of French and German with Rosa Harriet Newmarch, Britain's leading authority on Russian music. Now published in a complete English translation for the first time, their letters, notes and telegrams reveal the intensity of their friendship, provide some of Sibelius' frankest statements about his own works and illuminate Newmarch's important contribution to British musical life. An appendix reprints her analytical programme note on the 4th Symphony.
The Man Who Ran London during the Great War
This biography is based on the letters and diaries of Grenadier Guardsman General Sir Francis Lloyd (1853–1926) who became GOC London District in 1913 and, throughout the war, had sweeping powers, including running hospitals, railway termini and the capital's defences.
The Real Van Gogh
The Artist and his Letters
Revered as an artist, Vincent van Gogh was also an impassioned and eloquent letter writer whose correspondence displays a remarkable literary gift and the ability to communicate his ideas about nature, art and life in direct, emotive language. Illustrated with works of art and letters that demonstrate van Gogh's abiding preoccupations - such as the role of colour in painting and the cycles of nature - this magnificent volume explores the letters as a self-portrait of the artist.
George Orwell: A Life in Letters
From his schooldays to his early death, George Orwell chronicled the dramatic events of his turbulent life in a profusion of powerful letters. This chronological selection, featuring many previously unpublished letters, forms the autobiography he never wrote. In missives to family, friends and fellow writers such as TS Eliot, Arthur Koestler, Stephen Spender and Cyril Connolly, he reports from war-ravaged Barcelona, Morocco, and the Isle of Jura, where he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, with characteristic insight, precision and dry humour.
The Letters of Paul Cézanne
Misunderstood by his peers but hailed by later generations as the father of modern art, Cézanne has long fascinated artists and art lovers, writers, poets and philosophers. This new annotated translation of his letters provides fresh insight into his views on art, politics, literature and friendship. Illustrated with more than 70 images, this book enriches our knowledge of the artist and the man, who emerges as wittier, wiser, more irascible, more philosophical, and above all, more fully human.
The Early Letters of Bishop Richard Hurd
A prominent cleric during the late 18th century, Richard Hurd (1720–1808) was also a significant figure among the literary ‘pre-Romantics’; and his letters, beginning during his fellowship at Emmanuel, Cambridge, address a wide circle of correspondents. Church of England Record Society 3.
Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar
This collection of letters to and from the harpsichordist, scholar and early music pioneer Ralph Kirkpatrick spans his career, from Paris in the 1930s to the 1980s, and includes a selection of family letters as well as correspondence with composers and colleagues.
The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Spanning six decades in the life of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918–90), this selection comprises 650 letters, in which he corresponds with members of his family, fellow musicians such as Aaron Copland, John Cage, Serge Koussevitzky and Stephen Sondheim, and admirers including Jacqueline Kennedy and Bette Davis. The volume also features Bernstein’s lengthy exchange with Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester, which documents the process of commissioning, composing and performing the Chichester Psalms.
Here and Now
Although Paul Auster and JM Coetzee had been reading each other’s books for years, they did not meet until 2008. Their encounter sparked the correspondence that is presented in this book. Over three years, their letters touch on almost every subject: sport, fatherhood, literature, film, art, politics, philosophy, the financial crisis, eroticism, love and marriage. The result is an intimate and often amusing portrait of the growing friendship between two brilliant minds as they explore the complexities of life.
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The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark, 1925–1959
In 1925, Kenneth Clark, then 22, met the legendary art critic Bernard Berenson in Italy. Both were talented letter writers – informative, spontaneous and gossipy – and their correspondence continued until Berenson’s death, aged 94, in 1959. Published in full for the first time, the letters chart Berenson’s role as mentor to Clark’s burgeoning career, and are packed with fascinating reflections on friends and family, travel, politics, books read and written, art and life.
Dashing for the Post
The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011)was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly entertaining letter writer. This judiciously edited selection of his correspondence spans almost 70 years, and includes letters to Nancy Mitford, Diana Cooper, Lawrence Durrell and his lifelong companion Joan Rayner. They sparkle with his humour, zest for life, unending curiosity, lyrical descriptive powers – and his tendency to get into scrapes.
Letters to the Midwife
Jennifer Worth (1935–2011) based her hugely successful books, Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End, on her own experiences in the East End in the 1950s. This book contains letters from all sorts of people – from other midwives to lorry drivers – responding to the books and telling their own stories. There are also writings by Jennifer herself, a biographical introduction by family members and a foreword by Miranda Hart.