The Oxford Book of Letters

The Oxford Book of Letters

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This panoramic survey of one of the most intimate of art forms offers more than 300 letters spanning five centuries. They chronicle the affairs of correspondents from Elizabeth I to Groucho Marx, from politicians to poets, and from the famous to the unknown. Their subjects range from the mundane to the extraordinary, from gossip about the latest fashion to the horrors of a public execution, and from the tragic to the hilarious. In each case, the editors provide a context for the letters, and unobtrusive notes. In an age where communication is instant and ephemeral, this volume celebrates the glories of the written word, and what may well be a dying art more

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  • Paperback | 583 pages
  • 134.6 x 215.6 x 33.8mm | 616.9g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • line drawings
  • 0192825224
  • 9780192825223

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"A wonderful collection....An interesting and important record of a dying art."--Publishers Weekly"A handsomely published volume, adroitly edited by Frank Kermode and Anna Kermode."--The Washington Post Book Worldshow more

About Frank Kermode

About the Editors: Frank Kermode, author and critic, is retired King Edward VII Professor of English at Cambridge. He has written and edited many books, including Uses of Error and The Oxford Anthology of English Literature. Anita Kermode has researched and taught English and American literature at Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the University of more

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