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Literary Correspondence: The Letters of Famous Writers

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A Life in Letters
by P. G. Wodehouse Details
P. G. Wodehouse wrote some of the greatest comic masterpieces of all time. So, naturally, we find the same humor and wit in his letters. He offers hilarious accounts of living in England and France, the effects of prohibition, and how to deal with publishers. He even recounts cricket matches played while in a Nazi internment camp (Wodehouse wanted to show the stiff upper lip of the British in the toughest situations). Over the years, Wodehouse corresponded with relatives, friends and some of the greatest figures of the 20th century: Agatha Christie, Ira Gershwin, Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A Life in Letters
by George Orwell Details
From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote an autobiography, chronicled the dramatic events of his turbulent life in a profusion of powerful letters. Indeed, one of the 20th century's most revered icons was a lively, prolific correspondent who developed in rich, nuanced dispatches the ideas that would influence generations of writers and intellectuals. Over the course of a lifetime, Orwell corresponded with hundreds of people, including many distinguished political and artistic figures.
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters
by Arthur Conan Doyle Details
This remarkable annotated collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's previously unpublished private correspondence offers unique insight into one of the world's most popular authors. For the first time, Conan Doyle emerges from the shadow of Sherlock Holmes, revealing a man whose character and exploits rival that of his famous creation. In particular, Conan Doyle's correspondence with his mother exposes his endless search for fulfillment and success outside the Holmes stories.
Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence
by Elizabeth Bishop Details
From 1933 until her death in 1979, Bishop published the vast majority of her poems in The New Yorker. During those 40 years, hundreds of letters passed between Bishop and her editors, Charles Pearce, Katharine White and Howard Moss. In these letters Bishop discussed the ideas and inspiration for her poems and shared news about her travels, while her editors offered support, commentary, and friendship.
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters
by Jack Kerouac Details
Writers and cultural icons Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the most celebrated names of the Beat Generation, linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friend­ship, one that colored their lives and greatly influenced their writing. Editors Bill Morgan and David Stanford shed new light on this intimate and influential friendship in this fascinating exchange of letters between Kerouac and Ginsberg, two thirds of which have never been published before. Commencing in 1944 while Ginsberg was a student at Columbia University and continuing until shortly before Kerouac's death in 1969, the two hundred letters included in this book provide astonishing insight into their lives and their writing.
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters
by Kurt Vonnegut Details
A compilation of personal correspondence written over a sixty-year period offers insight into the iconic American author's literary personality, his experiences as a German POW, his struggles with fame, and the inspirations for his famous books.
Letters of E. B. White
by E. B. White Details
The letters in this collection are, of course, beautifully written but above all personal, precise and honest. They evoke E.B. White's life in New York and in Maine at every stage of his life. They are full of memorable characters: White's family, the New Yorker staff and contributors, literary types and show business people, farmers from Maine and sophisticates from New York-Katherine S. White, Harold Ross, James Thurber, Alexander Woolcott, Groucho Marx, John Updike and many, many more.
My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann
by Edith Wharton Details
An exciting archive came to auction in 2009: the papers and personal effects of Anna Catherine Bahlmann (1849-1916), a governess and companion to several prominent American families. Among the collection were 135 letters from her most famous pupil, Edith Newbold Jones, later the great American novelist Edith Wharton. This correspondence reveals Wharton's maturing sensibility and vocation, and includes details of her life that will challenge long-held assumptions about her formative years.
Saul Bellow: Letters
by Saul Bellow Details
A never-before-published collection of letters-an intimate self-portrait as well as the portrait of a century. Saul Bellow was a dedicated correspondent until a couple of years before his death, and his letters, spanning eight decades, show us a 20th-century life in all its richness and complexity. Friends, lovers, wives, colleagues and fans all cross these pages. Some of the finest letters are to Bellow's fellow writers -- William Faulkner, John Cheever, Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Ralph Ellison. Intimate, ironical, richly observant, and funny, these letters reveal the influences at work in the man, and illuminate his enduring legacy -- the novels that earned him a Nobel Prize and the admiration of the world over.
Selected Letters of Langston Hughes
by Langston Hughes Details
This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes's journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and -- above all -- literary.
Selected Letters of Norman Mailer
by Norman Mailer Details
Over the course of a nearly 60-year career, Norman Mailer wrote more than 30 novels, essay collections and nonfiction books. Yet nowhere was he more prolific -- or more exposed -- than in his letters. All told, Mailer crafted more than 45,000 pieces of correspondence (approximately 20 million words), many of them deeply personal, keeping a copy of almost every one. Now the best of these are published -- most for the first time -- in one remarkable volume that spans seven decades and, it seems, several lifetimes.
Selected Letters of William Styron
by William Styron Details
This volume takes readers on an American journey from FDR to George W. Bush through the trenchant observations of one of the country's greatest writers. Not only will readers take pleasure in William Styron's correspondence with and commentary about the people and events that made the past century such a momentous and transformative time, they will also share the writer's private meditations on the very art of writing.
The Correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy
by Shelby Foote Details
In the late 1940s comic moralist Walker Percy and novelist Shelby Foote, friends since their teenage years, began a correspondence which would last until Percy's death in 1990. The letters trace their lives from their early careers, when they were struggling fiercely and openly with their ambitions, artistic doubts and personal problems. They discuss such serious matters as the death of Foote's mother and Percy's battle with cancer, but their letters are also full of humour, good-natured ribbing and self mockery.
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. Vol. 1, 1907-1922
by Ernest Hemingway Details
This first volume of Hemingway's letters encompasses his youth, his experience in World War I and his arrival in Paris. The letters reveal a more complex person than Hemingway's tough guy public persona would suggest: devoted son, affectionate brother, infatuated lover, adoring husband, spirited friend and disciplined writer. Unguarded and never intended for publication, the letters record experiences that inspired his art, afford insight into his creative process and express his candid assessments of his own work and that of his contemporaries.
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. Volume 2, 1923-1925
by Ernest Hemingway Details
"The Letters of Ernest Hemingway" documents the life and creative development of a gifted artist and outsized personality whose work would both reflect and transform his times. Volume 2 illuminates Hemingway's literary apprenticeship in the legendary milieu of expatriate Paris in the 1920s. We witness the development of his friendships with the likes of Sylvia Beach, F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos.
The Letters of Robert Frost. Volume 1, 1886 - 1921
by Robert Frost Details
One of the acknowledged giants of 20th-century American literature, Robert Frost was a public figure much celebrated in his day. Although his poetry reached a wide audience, the private Frost's pensive, mercurial and often very funny personality remains less appreciated. Following upon the publication of Frost's notebooks and collected prose, "The Letters of Robert Frost" is the first major edition of the poet's written correspondence.
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather
by Willa Cather Details
Willa Cather, wanting to be judged on her work alone, clearly forbade the publication of her letters in her will. But now, more than 65 years after her death, with her literary reputation as secure as a reputation can be, the letters have become available for publication. The 566 letters collected here, nearly 20 percent of the total, range from the funny (and mostly misspelled) reports of life in Red Cloud in the 1880s that Cather wrote as a teenager, through those from her college years at the University of Nebraska, her time as a journalist in Pittsburgh and New York, and during her growing eminence as a novelist.
Updated 03/04/2016

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