The Love Book: Classic and Contemporary Poems, Letters and Prose on the Wonderful (but Troublesome) Theme of Love

The Love Book: Classic and Contemporary Poems, Letters and Prose on the Wonderful (but Troublesome) Theme of Love

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By (author) Allie Esiri

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  • Publisher: SQUARE PEG
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 242mm x 23mm | 641g
  • Publication date: 6 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0224098934
  • ISBN 13: 9780224098939
  • Sales rank: 223,172

Product description

This is an exquisite collection of the very best writing on love. The Love Book presents a new anthology of writing on all aspects of the most important emotion on earth. There's true love, unrequited love, erotic love, platonic love, thwarted love, comic love, mourned love and just about every other type of love, explored here in poetry, prose, letters and lyrics from the greatest writers in the English language. In one fabulously comprehensive volume, Allie Esiri brings together texts ancient and modern, from William Shakespeare to Sharon Olds, Catullus to Carol Ann Duffy, the bible to Bob Dylan; she offers us sonnets for wooing, lamentations for loss and perfect passages for weddings. Full of classics and all-time favourites, The Love Book also includes lesser-known marvels, such as Mozart's love notes, Sappho's lesbian odes and a letter from Napoleon. Forget corny greeting cards and chocolate box cliche, this is the literature of love at its finest. Beautifully presented and helpfully divided into themed sections, it's an indispensable collection for anyone who's ever had a heart.

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Author information

Allie Esiri, described in a recent Tatler profile as 'a poetry powerhouse', studied at St Catherine's College Cambridge. Her iF Poems App was launched to great acclaim in November 2011 and was Apple Editors' Choice All Time Favourite app. iF: A Treasury of Poems for Every Possibility was published in 2012.

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"A sumptuous collection of poetry and prose" Herald "If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift, you can't do better than this" Mail on Sunday "Filled with stories, poems and letters about the L word, it'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy" Sainsbury's Magazine "An inspired selection of classic and contemporary poetry and prose on amatory themes, in a beautifully designed cloth-bound volume" -- Juanita Coulson Lady "This passionate, funny, intimate and magical book captures love in all its random, brutal, wonderful shapes and sizes." -- Richard Curtis