To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing

By Simon Garfield

The New York Times bestselling writer of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its attainable salvation within the electronic age.

Few issues are as exciting—and very likely life-changing—as gaining knowledge of an outdated letter. And whereas etiquette books nonetheless extol the perform, letter writing looks disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. the new decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so large that during the longer term historians could divide time now not among BC and advert yet among the eras while humans wrote letters and once they didn't. So New York Times bestselling writer Simon Garfield asks: Can something be performed to restore a convention that has dictated and tracked the development of civilization for greater than years?

In To the Letter, Garfield strains the interesting background of letter writing from the affection letter and the enterprise letter to the chain letter and the letter of advice. He offers a young critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He additionally considers the position that letters have performed as a literary gadget from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, the entire rage within the eighteenth century and alive and good this present day with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time whilst the decline of letter writing seems to be irreversible, Garfield is the right candidate to motivate bibliophiles to place pen to paper and create “a kind of expression, emotion, and tactile pride we may perhaps clasp to our heart.”

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