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Published: 24 July 2003

584 Pages


ISBN: 9780192804907

Bookseller Code (AE)


The Oxford Book of Letters

Frank Kermode and Anita Kermode

Oxford Books of Prose

  • Comprehensive anthology of letters in English from the 6th century to Philip Larkin
  • Includes letters by the famous (writers, royalty, politicians, poets, playwrights) and the unknown (emigrants to America, Australia and S. Africa)
  • Subjects range from business and world affairs, to love letters, begging letters, and gossip
  • Each letter set in context and annotated with helpful editorial comments
  • Contains first publication of T.S.Eliot-Spender exchange of letters in verse
  • 'a rich, ripe mid-summery collection ... The selection is so intelligent and lucid it reads like the most intimate of social histories ... This is a collection that almost achieves perfection: majestic and accessible, wonderfully funny, memorably sad.' The Observer