"Stuffed with marvelous anecdotes, fascinating historical tidbits and excerpts...[Garfield's] epistolary ardor proves infectious."
"--"The New York Times Book Review ""
"Thoroughly captivating...Garfield shows us the poetic nature of the written word. . . . An overdue homage to something we once took for granted but really was an art."
"--""The Tampa Tribune"
"A wonderfully elegant history."
"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."
"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."
"He offers hope for the letter as a form of writing - though it is not his theme - because he makes clear that people's instinct to share, discuss, and transmit their deepest, most strongly held feelings survives and adapts, even as technology changes."
"--"Financial Times""show more