Editorial Reviews. Review. "An eloquent tribute to the lost art of letter writing." GQ magazine . I've been reading eBooks on the main for a while, and everything about these books was enthralling - the library-book smell, the feel of the heavy. Editorial Reviews. Review. This is an absolute dream and a privilege to have read. . I've been reading eBooks on the main for a while, and everything about . "Funny, tragic, brilliantly incisive, historic, lyrical, romantic and studiedly offensive, this stupendous compendium of letters ancient and modern is my book of the.
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Letters of Note is a collection of one hundred and twenty five of Shelves: ebooks, owned, non-fiction, recommended-by-rl-friends, reading-list. Letters of Note by Shaun Usher, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Letters of Note by Shaun Usher (Paperback ISBN ) book cover. Available as Paperback, eBook. The paperback edition of this delightful and.
A 19th century letter from the Chairman of London Hospital in which he introduces 'The Elephant Man' — Joseph Merrick — to the world and asks for help from the public. Virginia Woolf's unbearably sad suicide note, addressed to her husband. The poignant farewell letter of a Kamikaze pilot to his two young children, written the night before his mission.
A 9th century form letter from China used to apologise for having drunk too much at a dinner party. A heartbreaking series of letters from a 31 year-old woman with dementia desperately trying to contact her husband from a German asylum in Queen Elizabeth II's charming a handwritten letter and personal recipe for drop scones, as sent to President Eisenhower.
A fascinating letter to Winston Churchill that contains the first ever recorded usage of 'O. Where does my money go? This is going to take me eight months of work obtaining permissions, and agreement from all the parties included in the correspondence, as well as laying out the book and designing it so it works for the reader.
Why Unbound? Let the people who like the site help me make the book. There will be plenty of chance for me to share progress and ask for advice as it goes along. I have promised to get back to them as soon as I have a spare minute. Follow lettersofnote. In November of , an enraged Mark Twain sent this superb letter to J.
Todd, a patent medicine salesman who had just attempted to sell bogus medicine to the author by way of a letter and leaflet delivered to his home. According to the literature Twain received p1 , p2 , p3 , p4 , the 'medicine' in question - The Elixir of Life - could cure such ailments as meningitis which had previously killed Twain's daughter in and diphtheria which had also killed his month-old son.
Twain, himself of ill-health at the time and very recently widowed after his wife suffered heart failure, was understandably furious and dictated the following letter to his secretary, which he then signed.
Volume II. We are very pleased to announce that the first books have started to be dispatched. They are sending the non-signed copies first as there has been a delay with the signed copies needing to be shrinkwrapped again.
This is so that they don't get damaged in the post. We need copies of this Title "Letter of Note". I checked with in india but not getting. Could you please help me where i can get this Title. It would be a great help for me if you could arrange to send it or let me know where from I could collect it either in India or outside india.
I have sent you an email regarding this. If you are still after the copies please get in touch via unbound. I missed out on downloading the first printing of Letters of Note, on account of being a poor student - but I would love to order a copy from the second printing.
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The cover is completely different to the one that is in the shops and there are much fewer of these available. How do I order 2 copies of Volume 1? There is not a read with a friend option? We've now created a 'Read with a Friend' level so you can order 2 copies together. Please could you tell me, if I were to download now would I still get the Special Edition Hardback as opposed to the mass market version? Without my name in the back, understandably. The special editions are exclusively available from Unbound.
Predsednicima, urednicima, poslodavcima, rodjacima, ljubavnicima, kosmosu, samima sebi, na najrazlicitije teme i nacine. Utonuti u prelepo odabrane i dizajnirane strane iz kojih se uci i koje gutaju.
Koliko divna, vazna, atipicna i prelepa knjiga. Ne datumira se pocetak i kraj citanja. Mu Opustiti se. Musthave za kucne kolekcije i celozivotno istrazivanje. View 1 comment. Eight pages at the back of the book list all of the unbound subscribers who made the Letters of Note book a reality, which is just lovely.
The book itself is a design feast. And on the pages where letters could not be reproduced in their original form, Usher has included some stunning photographs of the correspondents. The letters are laid down in no particular order, rhyme or reason — and I love that.
They are just as they came to us on the blog, each page-turn revealing a delightful treat.
There is a surprise with the turn of each page. And I was so pleased that my two favourite letters from the blog are included in this collection. The first is a letter of advice from John Steinbeck to his then fourteen-year-old son, Thom, who had fallen for a girl called Susan.
But my absolutely favourite letter is one of sadly macabre humour and chest-swelling triumph. Jourdon was slave to Patrick Henry for 32 years, but fled with his wife and children when Union Army soldiers freed the plantation.
Herein are the magnificent, laugh-out-loud, heart-piercing letters that Usher was right to want to share with a much wider audience. Nov 29, Yodamom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hidden treasure between the covers. Letters from around the world, different times, the famous and not so famous, all have one thing in common, they are fascinating!
I've had this on my coffee table for a couple weeks and everyone who has picked it up has had trouble putting it down. Oct 22, Emma Sea rated it really liked it Shelves: Marvellous book. I love that reproductions of most of the actual letters are included: It's fitting that the book is a beautiful artefact as well. The paper is a great weight, and not too glossy.
I heart the shiny embossed cover. The size works great with the letter reproductions, but it did make it hard to read.
This definitely wasn't commutable, and it was too big to read in bed or in an armchair. It requires a table and undivided Marvellous book. It requires a table and undivided attention. Maybe that's exactly how it should be. May 22, S. Some remarkable letters here, some of which are reproduced, which is all the better.
I confess to not reading every single one. I dislike Ernest Hemingway, for example; I have Hemingway over-saturation and never need to hear of him again. My 2 favourites here were 1. They were more irritating than amusing.
All in all a nice collection. I gave it as a gift. View all 3 comments. Nov 26, J. This is a wondrous collection of letters selected from the cream of the crop on lettersofnote.
The letters are wide ranging, letters of great historical importance, letters of consolation, some light hearted notes, letters from famous personages and letters from not so famous personages but that are equally as interesting.
Scott Fitzgerald's letter o This is a wondrous collection of letters selected from the cream of the crop on lettersofnote.
One of my favourites was a Henry James letter of consolation to his friend Grace Norton a writer who was recently bereaved and in the throes of depression. In Kurt Vonnegut was captured by the Germans brought to Dresden where he survived the bombing. He wrote a letter that explains the genesis of the book 'Slaughter house 5'. Even the medium of the letters are interesting.
Also exhibited is writing on an Akkadian clay tablet and a telegram sent from the Titanic. The presentation is superb.
Each letter has a short piece of background information, a facsimile of the actual letter and a transcript.
Eighty percent of the letters were found by Usher by browsing through internet archives or visiting museums and archives, the remaining twenty percent are submitted by the public. Interestingly the publication of this collection was financed by crowd funding.
This would make an excellent gift. There are some absolute gems. Viva the physical artefact!
Oct 14, Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing. One of my books of the year, I think I can say. It sounds rather lofty - a collection of letters from history - but I haven't reacted to any one book with not only tears and laughter but also feelings of great admiration, warmth and hope for mankind. Currently my colleague is reading it too, at my recommendation and feels just the same. So how does one book manage this? Collected together are letters from various points in time, from various countries and famous and not-so-famous people.
The lette One of my books of the year, I think I can say. The letters themselves are often included. One is an original cuneiform letter from Ancient Egypt. Another a simple note in a long-dead language.
I dare you to not cheer as the former slave refuses eloquently to return to his former owner without guarantees and back pay. I cried reading the Elephant Man's doctor's words, Virginia Woolf's suicide note for her husband. Scott of the Antarctic 's letter "to my widow". Letters from mothers abandoning their babies at foundling homes.
The Titanic telegram - no loss of life expected. I laughed at the note condemning Fawlty Towers, one encouraging President Nixon to eat his vegetables, a reply from a 'Top Scientist' to a boy's rocket design. All of humanity is here. Hitler's nephew wanting to fight against his relative. A Japanese kamikaze pilot writing home.
Queen Elizabeth sending a drop scone recipe. Crick explaining the recently discovered DNA stricture to his nephew.
Need I say more? The content speaks for itself. A book you can dip into or read again and again. It would make a precious gift and really is quite a beautiful object in its hardback, illustrated A4 state. May 24, Linda rated it really liked it. I have loved reading and writing letters since I was a little girl. It was ever so thrilling to go to the mailbox and bring back an envelope addressed to me, open it with reverent anticipation, and pour over the words meant for my eyes only.
I know firsthand that one can KNOW a person from their letters. It's how I got to know my grandmother in spite of being miles and miles apart. Now a senior citizen I enjoy the friendship of five pen pals. We've written for over 15 years, pouring our hearts o I have loved reading and writing letters since I was a little girl.
We've written for over 15 years, pouring our hearts out to each other and going through life's ups and downs together, so I know the power of a letter. I knew I would enjoy this book immensely. Some of the letters I was familiar with, while others I'd never read before.
Some bring tears, and almost all of them give us an insight into the writer. Sometimes in a letter a person's heart and soul appears in ink on paper. It's an incredible thing to see. I was pretty high on this book to start with!
I opened this e-book with high expectations and still have hopes that the physical hardcover book will be a good addition to the coffee table.
But I thought the content was only so-so with lots of letters from hundreds of years ago that did not get me excited. The letter from the Campbell Soup Company marketing director to Andy Warhol was a great start but overall there were too many dull and maudlin letters to keep up a high level of enjoyment. The r I was pretty high on this book to start with!
The reproduction of many handwritten letters reminded me that once people did put pen to paper. Dec 28, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: This took me quite a while to read because I read a letter here and a letter there, and then forgot that I had it in my Kindle app for a period! If their hand This took me quite a while to read because I read a letter here and a letter there, and then forgot that I had it in my Kindle app for a period!
If their handwriting was indecipherable, a printed copy was also included.
Aug 18, Gesine rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my books of this year! It shocks, it makes you laugh, it makes you want to cry, read passages out loudly, it inspires you and restores your faith in humanity. Read it slowly and savour it. It's perfect. Jan 04, Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has been on my radar for a while due to its unique nature, and I finally picked it up after seeing it in a bookstore and feeling a magnetic pull towards it. The curation of this book is superb, for one, in that the layout makes it enjoyable and easy to read and decipher the letters - it doesn't over face you in the quantity of information surrounding the letters which ensures that the focus of the book remains on the letters themselves, rather than the context and further information o This book has been on my radar for a while due to its unique nature, and I finally picked it up after seeing it in a bookstore and feeling a magnetic pull towards it.
The curation of this book is superb, for one, in that the layout makes it enjoyable and easy to read and decipher the letters - it doesn't over face you in the quantity of information surrounding the letters which ensures that the focus of the book remains on the letters themselves, rather than the context and further information of the letters.
I've read many a non-fiction book wherein the information at the side of a document has absolutely deflated the document for me, and I think there's a certain kind of magic in reading the letter for yourself and trying to understand what it was about, why it was written in a certain way, and what the writer was trying to get at. Information is kept brief purely discussing who wrote the letter, the date, roughly what was going on during the time of the letter, and that was pretty much it.
I really enjoyed being able to openly interpret the letter and found it interesting to see the stark differences in mannerisms between letters from the 's to letters to the 's. Another element of the format that I appreciated was that the letter was scanned in its original form and then written out in 'regular' font on the other side of the page which allowed for easier reading and prevented any of the letters being difficult to get through due to the penmanship being too harsh to decipher.
The way the letters are laid out is brilliant and allows the book to flow from one letter to another quickly and simply, and it doesn't ever feel overly stodgy with info. This is an utterly fascinating book with the wide array of letters that it has stocked within its pages - it has the weird and the wonderful, and letters that you never thought existed nor never imagined could exist. It offers a fascinating insight on the past of letter writing and the people that wrote them, and definitely offers a wide portrayal of history of the written word.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this one - whether you're reading it from cover to cover or reading a letter a day, it will definitely stay with you and is a very entertaining, enthralling read. Mar 18, Susan Hanson rated it really liked it.
Thought provoking I loved this! Eclectic is the right word--letters from Andy Warhol sit next to letters from Leonardo da Vinci but its complete lack of organization is part of its charm. Jan 18, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Letter collections have never struck me as very exciting reading material, but I adored this collection. The format is gorgeous, with reproductions of many of the letters filling oversized pages, accompanied by transcripts of the handwritten ones.
I was very grateful about the latter, as when I first paged through this book, I was worried it was going to be hell on my eyes. It really is just what it claims to be-an eclectic collection. You can read a kind letter from Queen Elizabeth II to Preside Letter collections have never struck me as very exciting reading material, but I adored this collection.
You can read a kind letter from Queen Elizabeth II to President Eisenhower with a recipe enclosed, and then go right to a frightening note from Jack the Ripper to George Lusk, chairman of the citizen's committee trying to track him down.
One of the most moving sets of letters for me were the ones written on behalf of Joseph Merrick, the "elephant man".