To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World

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Paying homage to the letter writers

Not Enabled. Related video shorts 0 Upload your video. Customer reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. Many folks today have no concept what a "letter" is in comparison to the fast, instantaneous modes of communication everyone seems to use. Folks think of "letters" as a formal document coming from a lawyer or government.

If people in today's world have seen an actual letter, it was probably in a museum or library. For those of us who were raised in the time of letter writing, this book is a wonderful tribute to the letter and the art of letter writing. In grade school we were taught cursive writing so our handwriting would be legible for us to write letters to friends and family. Today I still write letters to friends using fountain pen and nice stationery. I have files full of letters written to me by friends and family which will someday be turned over to a library.

Simon Garfield is to be congratulated and praised for his "love letter" about writing letters. Anyone who loves to write and receive letters should give this book a permanent place on their bookshelf.


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This is a 'big' book. By that I mean it is a book full of wonderful information and fact as well as entertaining snippets of letters from persons we all know about as well as an on going series of love letters written during a time of war. As an avid letter write, and a reader with interest in epistolary novels I was drawn into this book early on and was captivated by it to the very end page. It wasn't long into the book when I decided I needed to write a hand written letter, something I hadn't done in some years since the keys are so handy and quick.

The book also got me enthused about some other works by this author and I am waiting delivery of those now. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. I thought that it was a book on writing letters. It was about letters in the past and about some guy over sea writing to his girlfriend or wife. I was very disappointed in it I ordered it to learn the way to write letters, I don't care' about the history behind letter writing. I ordered it so I didn't return it, I don't recemmend it unless you like reading boring books. I received this product today in the regular mail,and was quite astonished at its bulky edition!


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  4. I hope to read it thoroughly by each chapter, and absorb the history slowly since I'm a history buff! Thank you so much for delivering it to me! One person found this helpful.

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    In a digital world we have started to lose touch with writing by hand. This book celebrates this art and gives interesting historial information about it.

    Diana Athill

    Good Book. If you think the letter is obsolete then I encourage you to read Simon's book and discover not only the deep, rich history of the letter but why the letter will continue to be a vital part of our history.

    Not a bad little book, just not what I was expecting. I thought there would be more letters but there is a lot of commentary. See all 25 customer reviews. Write a customer review. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book?

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