Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections

Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections for the Curious Reader: The emails between Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer will soon be forgotten, while other correspondence is here to stay. Let’s go back to the days where writing letters was more about cultivating confidants and friendships, and less obviously a media stunt. Reading someone’s letters give us a glimpse into their private life — that’s why we love them. If you ever wondered what some of your favorite modern writers were composing when they weren’t polishing drafts of books that would go on to change the world, check out this list.

6 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I've read a lot of collections of letters. but this group isn't among them.

The Henry James letters is a good place to start.

Rick Robinson said...

Or EB White

Mike Stamm said...

The COLLECTED LETTERS for H. P. Lovecraft (five volumes) and Robert E. Howard (three) are fascinating reading, though the first volume of Howard material is largely juvenilia. For a two-side "conversation," A FRIENDSHIP: THE LETTERS OF DAN ROWAN AND JOHN D. MACDONALD, 1967-1974 is wonderful.

Deb said...

THE HABIT OF BEING is very good; it gives insight into O'Connor's very rigorous concept of faith and grace and how that factored in to her writing.

Don Coffin said...

A while back, I bought a book of letters of one my favorite authors, some hack named Wodehouse. Or at least that's what you'd think from reading PG. Wodehouse: A Life In Letters. I swear half of them were about how much he was getting (or hoped to get paid) for something. I could not finish it (also, it is a mere 641 pages long...or three of his really good novels...)

George said...

I just picked up THE LETTERS OF Eudora Welty at a Library Sale. I read the volume of letters of Ross Macdonald and Eudura Welty, too. Great stuff!