Writers' Letters Jane Austen to Chinua Achebe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-09-21
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Delve into the lives and work of some of the world’s great writers with this intriguing collection of correspondence.
There is much to discover in this illustrated compendium of letters written by great novelists, poets, playwrights and essayists, from Cervantes to the present day. 
One hundred letters and notes from Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Jack Kerouac and Chinua Achebe among many others are reproduced, together with a transcript of the correspondence and background details which provide their context. Arranged thematically, the book contains personal musings on love, happiness, work, daily life, money, politics, travel and the creative process.
For lovers of literature, these rare documents provide fascinating insights into writers' daily lives, relationships and work. In the era of SMS, email and instant message, Writers' Letters reminds us of the treasures to be found in a simple letter.

Author Biography

Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and radio broadcaster. He has published many books, essays and articles on modern and contemporary art. His books include Artists' Letters (2019) and 100 Ideas That Changed Art (2012).

Orlando Bird is a journalist who writes on art and culture, and is a regular contributor to The Telegraph and The Financial Times. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

01. 'Got My Steam Up': Work in Progress
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, Doris Lessing, Norman Mailer, Yukio Mishima, Sylvia Plath

02. 'In This Strange Country': Places and People
Elizabeth Bishop, Charlotte Bronte, Colette, Federico Garcia Lorca, Vladimir Nabokov

03. 'My Glory Days': Writer to Writer
Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, V.S. Naipaul, Leo Tolstoy, William Butler Yeats, Emile Zola

04. 'The Dreadful Steel': When Troubles Come
Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Frances Burney, Miguel de Cervantes, Franz Kafka, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Oscar Wilde

05. 'I Love Your Verse': Friends and Lovers
Guillaume Apollinaire, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Berryman, Emily Dickinson, Mary Godwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, John Keats, Philip Larkin, Arthur Miller, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Virginia Woolf

06. 'Yes I Am Radical': This is History
George Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, Nadine Gordimer, Victor Hugo, Zora Neale Hurston, Samuel Johnson, Jack Kerouac, Siegfried Sassoon, Stendhal, Mark Twain

07. 'Too Darned Stupid': Patrons, Public, Publishers
Chinua Achebe, Honoré de Balzac, Bertolt Brecht, Angela Carter, Shelagh Delaney, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, Ayn Rand, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift

08. 'That's All': Last Words
Lord Byron, Seamus Heaney, Katherine Mansfield, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mary Wollstonecraft, Stefan Zweig


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