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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