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- Publisher: MACMILLAN
- Format: Hardback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 204mm x 22mm | 240g
- Publication date: 31 July 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0230739466
- ISBN 13: 9780230739468
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 5,373
From the private papers of Mark Twain and Mozart to those of Robert Browning and Nelson, Love Letters of Great Men collects together some of the most romantic letters in history. For some of these great men, love is a 'delicious poison' (William Congreve); for others, 'a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music' (Charles Darwin). Love can scorch like the heat of the sun (Henry VIII), or penetrate the depths of one's heart like a cooling rain (Flaubert). Every shade of love is here, from the exquisite eloquence of Oscar Wilde and the simple devotion of Robert Browning, to the wonderfully modern misery of the Roman Pliny the Younger, losing himself in work to forget how much he misses his beloved wife, Calpurnia. Taken together, these Love Letters of Great Men show that perhaps men haven't changed so very much over the last 2,000 years; passion, jealousy, hope and longing are all represented here -- as is the simple pleasure of sending a letter to, and receiving one from, the person you love most.
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By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
In the film of Sex and the City a wonderfully and devastatingly romantic book of love letters (by such "great men" as Beethoven, Lord Byron, Mozart and Napoleon) is tantalisingly featured. Now, that collection never actually existed, but it certainly should have done. All of the letters were real, they just needed collecting together. Happily, editor Ursula Doyle has done a sterling job gathering these enchanting and enticing epistles and now Love Letters of Great Men really does exist. Read, melt, and dream that one day your man pens you something half as swoon-worthy!
William Congreve thought "love is a delicious poison", Henry VIII thought "Love can scorch like the heat of the sun", Flaubert thought love could "penetrate the depths of one's heart like a cooling rain". If you don't believe those guys (and, I'm with you, I'm thinking Henry VIII shouldn't be trusted on this!), revel in the lovely wisdom of Oscar Wilde, Robert Browning or Pliny the Younger.
A fabulous collection that will make the most hard-hearted question their frosty ways. Indulge: one for you, and one for your other half!