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These Letters from Famous Authors are the Funniest Thing You’ll Read Today

Twitter account Letters of Note is one of the most entertaining out there. It posts amusing letters by notable people, many written long ago. At the moment, they are tweeting letters that address the theme of payment or requests for money. 

 

One such marvelous example is a letter from Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson, at the time only fifteen years old, to his father (addressed as ‘Respected Paternal Relative’), requesting a monetary reward for not getting sick that year. He signs off ‘your most affectionate and needy son.’ I love him. 

 

 

Another wonderful request for payment comes from an ‘awfully broke’ Edna St. Vincent Millay.

 

 

British comedian and writer Graham Chapman’s correspondence with his bank manager is also, as the account says, ‘a thing of beauty.’

 

 

Check out the Twitter account here, or click here to get your copy of their book, Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.