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    DescriptionThe "New York Times" bestselling author of "Just My Type" and "On the Map "offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age. Few things are as exciting--and potentially life-changing--as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So "New York Times" bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years? In "To the Letter," Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like "The Guernsey Literary ""and""Potato Peel Pie Society." At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create "a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart."

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    To the Letter
    A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) MR Simon Garfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9781592408351
    ISBN 10: 1592408354

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
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    B&T Merchandise Category: REF
    B&T General Subject: 680
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    B&T Approval Code: A21800000
    BIC subject category V2: CBV
    BISAC V2.8: REF026000
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14870
    BISAC V2.8: LAN005000
    DC22: 809.6
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PE1483 .G37 2013
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    14 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of nonfiction including "Just My Type "and "On the Map." He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.
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    Praise for Simon Garfield's "To the Letter" "Stuffed with marvelous anecdotes, fascinating historical tidbits and excerpts...[Garfield's] epistolary ardor proves infectious." "--""The New York Times Book Review " "Garfield's masterstroke is to intersperse his historical sections with a series of letters written by an ordinary British couple... With Chris and Bessie it is the sheer, unclouded openness that captivates... his book is a shining success." "--""Sunday Times" "A wonderfully elegant history." "--""Observer" "Fascinating ... provides a moving and illuminating insight into a world that will soon be far from our own." "--""Herald" "Garfield is a best-selling writer of irresistible enthusiasm....[His] robust and propulsive engagement with letters as an essential embodiment of the human spirit and a driving cultural force makes for exciting reading and thoughtful speculation about the future of scholarship and communication." "--""Booklist" "Garfield's knowledge is wide and his enthusiasm endless." "--""The Times" "Wonderful... One of the things which makes this book so attractive is Garfield's enjoyment of his subject. He writes with a winning informality and freshness... Apart from its author's erudition and stylishness, the great strength of this book - the aspect of it which conveys most poignantly what we are losing as letter writing becomes a thing of the past - lies in Garfield's use of a correspondence between two unknown people." "--""Literary Review" "This endlessly informative book from one of Britain's best non-fiction writers provides a heartfelt reminder of just how much we'd lose... the book serves up any number of vivid examples from people famous and unknown" "--""Reader's Digest" "Read this brilliant account of a lost art... and weep... such fun... engaging" "--""Mail on Sunday" "He offers hope for the letter as a form of writing - thoug