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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (635 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ursula Doyle, Ursula Doyle Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Remember the wonderfully romantic book of love letters that Carrie reads aloud to Big in the recent blockbuster film, Sex and the City? Fans raced to buy copies of their own, only to find out that the beautiful book didn’t actually exist. However, since all of the letters referenced in the film did exist, we decided to publish this gorgeous keepsake ourselves.

Love Letters of Great Men follows hot on the heels of the film and collects together some of history’s most romantic letters from the private papers of Beethoven, Mark Twain, Mozart, and Lord Byron. For some of these great men, love is “a delicious poison” (William Congreve); for others, “a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, and books and music” (Charles Darwin). Love can scorch like the heat of the sun (Henry VIII), or penetrate the depths of one’s heart like a cooling rain (Flaubert). Every shade of love is here, from the exquisite eloquence of Oscar Wilde and the simple devotion of Robert Browning, to the wonderfully modern misery of the Roman Pliny the Younger, losing himself in work to forget how much he misses his beloved wife, Calpurnia.

Taken together, these letters show that perhaps men haven’t changed all that much over the last 2,000 years—passion, jealousy, hope, and longing still rule their hearts and minds. In an age of e-mail and texted “i luv u”s, this timeless and unique collection reminds us that nothing can compare to the simple joy of sitting down to read a letter from the one you love.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maja | 2/12/2014

    " I'm not quite sure what I had expected from this book when I picked it up on a whim. That's why, I think, I'm not really sure what I think of it. There were some of the letters that were immensely sweet and loving, and some that were hardly love letters at all. There were some letters that were truly written by great men and some that were just written by men. Funnily enough my favourite was actually one of the letters that wasn't a love letter; the letter written by Daniel Webster to Josephine Seaton. I found it quite endearing and heartfelt. So all in all it was a pleasant read but not a great one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ania | 2/9/2014

    " Loved this collection of letters!!! Such good choices, put together so well! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angela | 2/6/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but couldn't rate it higher simply because I mean it is just a collection of love letters. Some made me laugh out loud. Some of the history was interesting. Some of the letters were a bit dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynne Dillender | 1/9/2014

    " Saw this book on Sex in the City movie and had to read it. Does not disappoint. "

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