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Posts Tagged: letters

Next Letter in the Mail: Jenna Clark Embrey

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The next Letter in the Mail is from Jenna Clark Embrey! Earlier this year, we published Jenna’s amazing essay “Coats”.

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Mary Shelley’s Correspondence Discovered!

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Nora Crook, in perhaps the most exciting click ever to happen on the internet, made the discovery of a lifetime when she came across previously unpublished correspondence from the late Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. The article at The Guardian describes several letters written by Shelley shortly before her death.

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You Can’t Have A Revolution Unless You Make It For Yourself

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When a book is read, the story is transferred from the writer to the reader. Occasionally, however, the reader is allowed a glimpse into what the author may have been thinking through letters or interviews.

When George Orwell wrote Animal Farm, it was primarily meant to be “a satire on the Russian Revolution.” But there was a little more to it than just that.

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After 65 Years, “The Lottery” Endures

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Since its publication in 1948, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson has become an American classic, appearing in high school classrooms, as well as in the hands and on the computers of people around the nation.

On the 65th anniversary of the publication of “The Lottery,” Ruth Franklin at the New Yorker discusses the 300+ letters, most of them negative, that came pouring in—“the most mail [the New Yorker] had ever received in response to a work of fiction.”

Franklin details some of the angry and bewildered responses from readers, including some amongst the New Yorker’s staff.

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The Letters Of Van Gogh Restored And Revisited

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“In its capaciousness, the book also reminds us of a fundamental truth about Van Gogh: his ambition as a painter depended on words to give it focus and direction. We see this most obviously in the correspondence with Theo. “Writing is actually an awful way to explain things to each other,” he says at one point – but the exasperation here is revealingly akin to the way his paint pushes against the limits of what can be rendered and recognised as the essence of a thing.”

I just learned from the Guardian UK about the new complete, annotated, illustrated edition of Vincent Van Gogh’s Letters, an event they assert that is “one of the major publishing achievements of our time.”

But luckily for many of us that can’t afford the book, there is a website that documents the complete letters as well.

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