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The Jolly Postman: Or Other People's Letters
Janet Ahlberg
0316126446
September 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This British import is great fun, sure to entertain children and parents alike. The Jolly Postman goes from home to home in a fairy-tale kingdom, delivering letters to such familiar addresses as "Mr. and Mrs. Bear, Three Bears Cottage, The Woods." Every other page is an actual envelope, with a letter tucked inside. The letter to the three bears, for instance, is from Goldilocks, who apologizes for the trouble she's caused and invites Baby Bear to her birthday party. Some authors would stop with this cute concept, but the Ahlbergs have given this book their all. The story of the postman's travels is told in charming verse; the pictures are delightful, full of clever detail; and the results are frequently hilarious. (The wicked witch of "Hansel and Gretel" fame, for instance, receives a circular from Hobgoblin...


Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins
Bill Harley
0066237785
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
PreS-Gr. 2. Children's singer-songwriter Harley expands his picture-book oeuvre, which includes Sitting Down to Eat (1996) and Bear's All-Night Party (2001), with a humorous variation on a time-honored seasonal theme. Harley doesn't introduce a real story line but mines crowd-pleasing comedy from a boy's invented letters to Santa, which are full of references to familiar Christmas situations (wishes for wildly improbable presents; defensive explanations for behavioral slipups). Young readers caught up in their own holiday expectations will enjoy reading between the lines of the letters and find ample humor in Alley's cartoonlike watercolor vignettes exposing the truth behind many of the boy's avowals, particularly with regard to his treatment of his little sister. Despite a conclusion that will leave...


True to the Letter
Pedro Correa Lago
050051206X
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
An anthology of private letters, sketches, signed photographs, and working drafts by some of the greatest figures in Western history and culture from the past eight centuries. The interest in rare letters and autographs has never been stronger. True to the Letter gives privileged insight into the private lives and minds of one hundred of the most significant figures in the worlds of literature, art, and politics. This compelling cache of documents, many published here for the first time, is filled with striking insights, anecdotes, and intimate vignettes. Here is a letter in which Gandhi predicts his assassination; a document signed by Elizabeth I on the first day of her reign, where she omits the "R" for Regina; an intimate note from Trotsky to Frida Kahlo; a rare letter from Casanova alluding to his rakish past; a...


War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars
Andrew Carroll (Editor)
0743410068
May 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
"I've cast out my razor, divorced my soap, buried my manners, signed my socks to a two-year contract, and proved that you don't have to come in out of the rain." So wrote Corporal Thomas P. Noonan from Vietnam, proving that humor doesn't fail even in war. Noonan's letter is just one of over 50,000 that letter-enthusiast Andrew Carroll (Letters of a Nation) received after Abigail Van Buren publicized his Legacy Project in her Dear Abby column. Out of this treasure trove he selected 150, spanning 130 years of warfare from the Civil War to Bosnia. While there are letters from such notables as General William Tecumseh Sherman and even Julia Childs, most were written by uncelebrated but dearly loved soldiers from barracks, trenches, and flooded foxholes and by combat journalists, nurses, and family members on the home front.

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Letters Home
Sylvia Plath
0060974915
Apr 1992
Paperback
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--Saturday Review
"One is left willing to bestow on Sylvia Plath the compassion and charity she so relentlessly and fatally denied herself."

--Adrienne Rich
"Finally now, young women writers can cease to identify with the apparent self-destroyer in Sylvia Plath and begin to understand the forces she had to reckon with."

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Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present
Lisa Grunwald
0385335539
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In Letters of the Century, Grunwald and Adler offered an epistolary romp through American life in the 20th century. Now the husband-and-wife duo turn their considerable talents to the letters of American women. Some of the letters capture grand historical events—e.g., Abigail Adams gushing to husband John about a July 1776 public reading of the Declaration of Independence. At the other end of the timeline are a handful of letters written on or shortly after 9/11. But many letters dwell on the everyday—sickness, loneliness, childrearing. Some of the letters are by obscure women, and some—such as a February 1861 note from "A Lady" warning Abraham Lincoln of a rumored assassination plot—are anonymous. As the editors note, for most of our history, "women simply had no public forum.......


The Letters of Samuel Wesley
Samuel Wesley
0198164238
May 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) was the son of the hymn-writer Charles Wesley and the nephew of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. He was one of the leading composers in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England, and the finest organist of his day. He was also a misfit and a rebel,
renowned for his outspoken views, his frequently wild behavior, and his irregular personal life. His music has become increasingly well known in recent years, and these letters to his friends and fellow musicians, over 400 of which are gathered together here for the first time, present both a witty,
perceptive, and unparalleled portrait of Wesley the man, and an insiders view of life in the music profession in London in the early nineteenth-century.


Dear Mr. Henshaw
Beverly Cleary
0380709589
August 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
When, in second grade, Leigh writes to an author to tell him how much he "licked" his book, he never suspects that he'll still be writing to him four years later. And he never imagines the kinds of things he'll be writing about: Dear Mr. Henshaw, I am sorry I was rude in my last letter... Maybe I was mad about other things, like Dad forgetting to send this month's support payment. Mom tried to phone him at the trailer park where, as Mom says, he hangs his hat. It's not easy being the new kid in town, with recently divorced parents, no dog anymore, and a lunch that gets stolen every day (all the "good stuff," anyway). Writing letters, first to the real Mr. Henshaw, and then in a diary to a pretend Mr. Henshaw, may be just what he needs.

This Newbery Medal-winning book, by the terrifically popular and...



The Yale Editions of Horace Walpoles Correspondence, Volume 42
Horace Walpole
0300017715
Dec 1980
Hardcover
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Dear Mr President: Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives
Dwight Young
0792241851
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This carefully selected collection of letters, spanning from the earliest days of the Republic to the present, were pulled from the extensive holdings of the National Archives. Archivists searched through hundreds of letters held throughout their network, which includes all of the Presidential libraries. Dear Mr. President reproduces 75 letters from everyday citizens and some quite famous people: John Glenn, Elvis Presley, Walt Disney, Ho Chi Minh, Nikita Kruschev, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Robert Kennedy, and many more.

An introduction by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and essays by Dwight Young illuminate and expand the tenor of the times in which the letters were written. Full-size facsimiles of the letters are reproduced with transcripts of the text for easy reading, and letters...


The Percy Letters
Harriet H. Wood
0300033443
Sept 1985
Hardcover
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P.S. Longer Letter Later
Paula Danziger
0590213113
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Shy, quiet Elizabeth likes whole-wheat doughnuts, but her best friend, Tara*Starr, likes custard ones with vanilla icing and multicolored sprinkles. When Tara*Starr pictures the two of them together as old ladies, Elizabeth is knitting, and she is sewing sequins and beads on everything! Despite their differences, the two seventh-grade girls are inseparable--until Tara*Starr moves away, spurring the warm, winning correspondence that scampers across the pages of Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin's P.S. Longer Letter Later: A Novel in Letters.

Elizabeth and Tara*Starr's junior high school world is one of corny jokes, words like "gazillion," and awkward moments (a New Year's Eve kiss happens at 12:08, and "it was sort of gross because the Chee-to in his mouth ended up in my mouth"), but it's also a world...



The Republic of Letters
James M. Smith
039303691X
Nov 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Editor Smith gathers together in three volumes the entire surviving correspondence of these two American giants. As neither man "ever reduced his thought to a systematic presentation" and as most of Jefferson's political thinking can only be found in his letters, this collection of nearly 1250 letters, covering a great variety of subjects, is a valuable contribution to the study of Jefferson, Madison, and their times. The editor renders this massive collection of letters useful to students and researchers of American history by dividing it into some 50 historical periods, each introduced by an overview that places the correspondence in its proper historical context. Essential for academic libraries and for any library that wishes to strengthen its collection of these two individuals.Robert A. Curtis, Taylor...


The Austen Chamberlain Diary Letters
Austen Chamberlain
0521551579
Aug 1995
Hardcover
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Review
'... an excellent example of the rising tide of published primary sources for twentieth-century British political history which is facilitating the shift from polemic and anecdote to a professional, archival historiography ... as a primary source, it is certain to survive and to be treasured as an alternative to reading Chamberlain's execrable handwriting.' Contemporary European History

Review
"All research libraries should possess this volume. It is the latest in a growing list of excellent published primary sources." Albion

"The Austen Chamberlain Diary Letter is a carefully edited work, which focuses on the major political figures and events of the era. Historians, political scientists, and even the general reader with a background in interwar European affairs will find the book...



The Jolly Christmas Postman
Janet Ahlberg
0316127159
September 2001
Hardcover
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From Kirkus Reviews
What could be more appropriate? The Jolly Postman (1986)- -cycling past ``the fast-eloping dish and spoon,'' a giant beanstalk, and King Cole's castle--delivers holiday letters and gifts addressed to ``Mr. H. Dumpty, Wincey Ward, Cock Robin Memorial Hospital''; the Gingerbread boy; and even ``Mister Wolf,'' found ``wolfing pies and sherry'' and sporting amiably with three pigs and the little red hen. All is reported in deft, jovial verse; six bound-in envelopes contain amusing missives- -cards, a picture puzzle (Humpty Dumpty, of course), a tiny pamphlet of a book, a picture letter (Granny's sound advice to R. Hood), and--for the postman--an accordion-style peep show. The illustrations are as charming as the text--even the postmarks are fun. Pure delight. (Picture book. 2+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus...


What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self
Ellyn Spragins (Editor)
0767917898
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The unusual premise for this compilation is not successful in practice. Spragins, an editor at large for Fortune Small Business, persuaded 40 well-known women—among them Maya Angelou, Queen Noor of Jordan and clothing designer Eileen Fisher—to write short letters passing their current wisdom to their younger selves. But too many of the messages these women send themselves are overly familiar: designer Fisher says she should not be so frightened of being alone (i.e., without a man). Sen. Barbara Boxer admonishes herself to be less judgmental of people who disagree with her. More unusually, Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) encourages her younger self to be true to the inner voice telling her not to eat meat. Madeleine Albright addresses herself at a more...


Romantic Correspondence
Mary A. Favret
0521604281
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The literary importance of letters did not end with the demise of the eighteenth-century epistolary novel. In the turbulent period between 1789 and 1830, the letter was used as a vehicle for political rather than sentimental expression. Against a background of severe political censorship, seditious Corresponding Societies, and the rise of the modern Post Office, letters as they are used by Romantic writers, especially women, become the vehicle for a distinctly political, often disruptive force. Mary Favret's study of Romantic correspondence reexamines traditional accounts of epistolary writing, and redefines the letter as a 'feminine' genre. The book deals not only with letters which circulated in the novels of Austen or Mary Shelley, but also with political pamphlets, incendiary letters and spy letters available for...


Empire of Letters
Eve Tavor Bannet
0521856183
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Among the most frequently reprinted books of the long eighteenth century, English, Scottish and American letter manuals spread norms of polite conduct and communication which helped to connect and unify different regions of the British Atlantic world, even as they fostered and helped to create very different local and regional cultures and values. Eve Tavor Bannet uncovers what people knew then about letters that we have forgotten, and revolutionizes our understanding of eighteenth-century letters, novels, periodicals, and other kinds of writing in manuscript and print which used the letter form.

About the Author
Eve Tavor Bannet is Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.


Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children
Alice Calaprice (Editor)
1567316263
August 2003
Hardcover
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