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Published: 30 October 2003

592 Pages | 10 line illus.

5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780192804907

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The Oxford Book of Letters

Edited by 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), on subjects ranging from business and world affairs, love letters, begging letters, gossip etc.
  • Includes British, American and Commonwealth writers
  • 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