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Letters of Note

An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Compiled by Shaun Usher

8 x 11 in; 368 pp;
Hardcover
May 2014
ISBN 9781452134253

SKU# 9781452134253

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This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself.
Letters of Note


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Letters of Note

This spectacular collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Entries include a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. The artfulness of Shaun Usher’s eclectic arrangement creates a reading experience rich in discovery. Mordant, hilarious, poignant, enlightening—surprise rewards each turn of the page. Colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, this handsome hardcover is a visual treat too, making Letters of Note an utterly distinctive gift, and an instant classic.

Inside Letters of Note :
A design brief from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol for an upcoming album cover
Queen Elizabeth’s handwritten note to President Eisenhower, including her recipe for scones
Roald Dahl’s thank-you note to a young reader
Jack the Ripper’s taunt to the head of the Whitechapel murders vigilance committee
A job application for engineering work from Leonardo da Vinci to the Duke of Milan.

 

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8 x 11 in; 368 pp;
Hardcover
May 2014
ISBN 9781452134253
Shaun Usher founded the blog-based archive Letters of Note, hugely popular internationally. He lives in Manchester, England.

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Letters of Note

Letters of Note

6/27/14| Beth
I bought this book on a whim - I love writing letters and receiving letters. I LOVE this book. It is an eclectic mix of letters, from and to the famous, the infamous, the well known and the lesser known. As a reader, we are given a peek into the lives, loves, heartaches, depravity, joys and sorrows of our fellow human beings. We can relate to the struggles that are eternal and have been shared by the human race for centuries. These letters were found anywhere from ancient crypts to presidential libraries. It is a book that I will reference for years and will be proud to share with friends and family as a gift for many occasions - including birthdays, graduation or because it is Tuesday!
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